What is the "Flying Dutchman Syndrome" and what does it represent in the play The Dutchman?  

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The Flying Dutchman legend refers to the legend of the cursed Dutch ship, whose ghost captain is doomed to forever sail the oceans, never being able to bring his ship ashore. There are several variations of this myth, but it seemed to have originated in the seventeenth century. Except, the curse is lifted every seven years and the cursed Dutchman is able to bring his ship ashore and spend six months attempting to find a woman who loves him to the point that she will die for him. If he finds this woman, the curse is finally lifted.

Amiri Baraka, in his play Dutchman,interweaves some of the cursed elements of the legend into an analysis on the life of black people in a dominate and racist white society. In Dutchman , Clay, a black man, is harassed and eventually murdered by a racist white woman as they are riding a subway. Like the Flying Dutchman, Clay is doomed to wander in a world that is hostile to him. He faces the curse of white supremacy. When Clay finally defends...

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