Analysis Of Amiri Baraka 's Work

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Amiri Baraka was born in Newark, New Jersey in 1934 to a postal worker and social worker. He began to publish his work after his term in the air force ended in 1957. HIs work shifted as he shifted towards the black power movement. Baraka wrote many short plays, including the Dutchman, that showed the oppression of black people in the United States. His work afterwards was further influenced by his radical politics. In The Dutchman, Baraka showcases two distinct but related constructs which is black masculinity and white femininity in the figures of Clay and Lula respectively. Cultural constructions are particular assumptions based on identities such as gender and race. These are read through their complex interactions to get at the gender…show more content…
She doesn’t want him to “sit there dying the way [whites] want[s] you to die.” The people in the train laugh at this spectacle in the background and a drunk joins her and dances with her. The audience and the drunk accepting and laughing with her disrespectful comments illustrate the other white people in society. They do not see the black struggle as a major issue. Clay does not get angry initially, but he eventually does when Lula says he and his big lipped Uncle Tom father are afraid of white people and always will be. He gets angry enough to kill her. Clay finally got a voice and stands up for himself for the first time in the entire play. This shows the black community getting fed up with oppression and wanting to stand up for themselves. This is done through multiple political and black power groups such as the Black Panther Party and leaders such as Malcolm X. It’s also done through arts in Harlem referred to as the Harlem Renaissance with poets like Langston Hughes and Elizabeth Alexander. In present day, there are still people are fed up with the intentional and systematic target of black people for demise such as #BlackLivesMatter. Clay threatens to kill Lula and the spectators on the train. This shows how upset black people are because there are whites who are watching all of the racism

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