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Dutchman Characters & Character Analysis

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Characters

Clay

Clay is a twenty-year-old black man, or, according to Baraka, a Negro man The distinction is that a Negro, according to the playwright' s nominative system, is one who compromises Ins own Identity in order to maintain a peaceful relationship with his white oppressors. Clay is a typical bourgeois black male, so predictably bourgeois that Lula is able to tell his life history by the evidence of Ins dress (a too narrow Suit coat), his demeanor (decorous, tentative), and his style of speech (middle class, intellectual, full of pretensions).

Clay is at first attracted to the sexy, young woman who begins a taunting seduction of him and invites herself along to his friend's party. But her sudden mood swings and unexpectedly violent racist language shock him. Even so, he maddeningly humiliates himself in his attempts to maintain his composure at all costs and to match her violence with...

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