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Imamu Amiri Barakas Dutchman is a play rooted in symbolism It can be traced throughout the entire play the language the setting the plot the movement the dialogue and even the title Dutchman itself Baraka does a good job intertwining both the realistic and symbolic in effort to get his theme across Barakas fierceness and intensity really help to develop the symbolic nature of the play This symbolism can be particularly seen in the exchanges between the two main characters Clay a rather well spoken and reserved Negro and Lula a disreputable white girl Immediately it is obvious that racism and the plight of the Negro are the points or symbolic themes that Baraka is trying to portray Barakas feelings on this subject are evident in his tone of range and anger Lula plays a tantalizing and provocative role constantly fooling around with words of racism and with Clay himself Come on Clay lets do the thingYou middle-class black bastard Forget your social-working mother for a few seconds and lets knock stomachs Clay you liver-lipped white man You would be Christian You aint no nigger youre just a dirty white manThats all you knowshaking that wildroot cream-oil on your knotty head jackets buttoning up to your chin so full of white mans words Lula is a mere symbol of our civilization and particularly the Caucasian society in its ignorance of the black race But all races are so quick to jump to conclusions and stereotype people without looking beyond their appearance That is why she is a symbol of our entire civilization not just one race Her exhibition with Clay is all a game to her I do not think she understands the harsh impact of her words especially to a black man just as many would not After a while of Lula tantalizing and provoking Clay during the train ride Clays fury is unleashed Lulas severity precipitates Clays
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