The climax of the play Ruined occurs after Fortune comes to Mama's establishment for the first time looking for Salima. Later, Commander Osembenga storms Mama's place trying to find Kisembe. He comes a second time still looking for Kisembe and in an impatient rage throws Mama, Josephine, and Sophie to the floor. The women fall under attack from the men but Salima enters the room in a terrible condition while screaming for the men to stop the violence, a violence that ruined her own life.
While Mama is expecting to be needed in Salima's childbirth, Salima dies, free at last from having her body be the battleground for the men's violence. This is the climax. Afterward, regular routines reemerge as Christian again asks Mama to join her life with his. The falling action occurs in Christian and Mama's dancing and the resolution of the play is established.