Reading Into Amiri Baraka 's The Sixties : A Very Compare And Contrast Of Ideas Of Interpretations

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Chania Whitaker Article Review Fall 2015 AAA Literature 20 Reading into Amiri Baraka’s Dutchman in the context of how plays in the early 60s: A compare and contrast of ideas of interpretations. Reading Dutchman by Amiri Baraka was made a bit challenging because it was a play written exclusively for it’s commentary of race relations in America in the time period it was written in. While enjoying black art is important, it’s even more important to truly understand the message it is giving. Allegory and Iconography in African American Drama of the Sixties: Imamu Amiri Baraka 's " Dutchman" and Alice Childress 's "Wine in the Wilderness by Jochen Achililes, is an article that shares many ideas about both plays while thinking about the context they are in. Achilles opens the article by discussing the importance of the Black Aesthetic movement. He argues that the Black Aesthetic Movement is writing for the blackness that is misinterpreted so often by white publishers. It develops an individual community of African Americans. Quoting Addison Gayle Jr., he says “ The de-Americanization of black people” that “ lies at the heart of the Black Aesthetic” (Achilles 221; see Gayle 1875). Talking about the purpose the Black Aesthetic helps understand Amiri Baraka’s play, Dutchman. Amiri Baraka’s Dutchman is a piece of work that follows Gayle’s definition of the Black Aesthetic. It solely functions as a commentary of race relations in America rather than, something that is purely for

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