Six Aristotelian Elements Of Drama In The Dutchman By Amiri Baraka

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The Dutchman is a play written by Amiri Baraka. It is intriguing in nature and consists of a well-developed story. When analyzing the play, we can employ three of the six Aristotelian Elements of Drama. Particularly, we will take a look into the development of the main characters, theme, and language of the play.
We will first analyze the two main characters. Lula is a beautiful white woman who could be seen as a dynamic character. In the beginning of the play, Lula enters eating an apple. According to many sources, the apple when used in stories, such as Adam and Eve or Snow White, has a negative connotation. The manner in which she approaches Clay, shows that she had some type of mischievous plan in mind.
She is very enticing and seductive
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He takes on the role of defending himself and his history. The language in which he is dressed-- in a suit and tie-- is one that can be associated to someone with an education. We know that during this time, it was hard for African Americans to receive a decent education or one that can compare to those of privilege. Since he is wearing a suit and tie, we know that he is educated and wants to be seen as such. I cannot say that he is trying to imitate a white man and his ways because it would be hard to do so because of his skin color, but we can see that he views the “suit and tie look” as one with a higher …show more content…
In regards to Aristotle and his elements of drama, this would be a successful play. By analyzing each character and their language used verbally and physically tells us a lot about each character. The language used by the characters manifests the essential theme that Baraka wants to emphasize--racism. The intricate details and highlights of the play, lets us get a glimpse of Baraka and his views on racism. Even though Baraka was a successful playwright during this time, he was still a black man, and the play may be a result of his

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