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This paper reviews and analyzes Amiri Baraka's play, "Dutchman", which addresses the inevitability of racial stereotypes in American society. The paper highlights Baraka's outlook that assimilating into such a culture is a type of suicide, or at least a murder of one's own cultural identity. According to the paper this outlook applies not only to African-Americans but also to other groups on the margins of society. The paper explores the use of symbolism in the play, particularly cultural memory of slavery. It also includes a brief analysis of the main characters and a summary of the plot. The paper concludes with a discussion of tolerance based on Baraka's views and those of the reviewer.
From the Paper:"Gay rights are also an issue of regular discussion. This sector of society is so marginalized that many states by law do not allow them to marry each other. Instead, they are expected to practice their courting and dating rituals in what is described as a "normal" way. Even religion is used as a basis for this type of discrimination.
"Indeed, despite many efforts to the contrary, discrimination is still very much a part of life for those who do not assimilate into mainstream society. This is Baraka's focus of rebellion. According to the author, black authors and artists are to unite against such discrimination by offering the world a culture that is unmarred by other influences. Anything else is the beginning of assimilation and ultimate cultural death, as symbolized by Clay."
Sample of Sources Used:
- Baraka, Amiri. (1964). Dutchman. New York: William Morrow and Company
- Chielozona Eze. (2005, Jan 20). Hate Your Enemy: The Anatomy of Resentment in Africa's Cultural Resistance to the West. Retrieved from eScholarship Repository, University of California. http://repositories.cdlib.org/globalfellows/2005/2
Cite this Analytical Essay:
"Dutchman" - A Play Review (2012, March 29) Retrieved June 22, 2021, from https://www.academon.com/analytical-essay/dutchman-a-play-review-150676/
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