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Where is the climax of the play Ruined by Lynn Nottage?

The climax of the play takes place when the government soldiers storm the bar, believing that the rebels are hiding there. Throughout the play, Mama and the people at the bar have played a...

Latest answer posted February 27, 2020 9:55 pm UTC

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What are themes or ideas in Lynn Nottage's play Ruined? What events and language did Nottage use in the play to...

Lynn Nottage explores several important ideas in the play Ruined, and three themes that stand out include: rape as a tool, changing definitions of masculinity, and resilience. The significance of...

Latest answer posted December 9, 2019 9:50 am UTC

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What would you say is the main conflict of Ruined?

Ruined is a complex play concerning some very complex characters. Interpersonal conflicts between Mama Nadi's three girls and other characters are set against a backdrop of conflict between the...

Latest answer posted March 22, 2018 3:03 pm UTC

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Who is the antagonist and protagonist of Ruined?

Lynn Nottage’s is set within a war-torn country, the Democratic Republic of Congo. The bar-and-brothel that Mama Nadi operates functions as a refuge from the near-chaos of the world beyond its...

Latest answer posted January 22, 2020 12:02 am UTC

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Why do you think Lynn Nottage wrote the play "Ruined"?

Lynn Nottage apparently wrote the play Ruined, to bring awareness to several topics of interest in the early 21st century. Of particular note are the themes found in the play. Nottage brushes upon...

Latest answer posted May 8, 2019 8:05 pm UTC

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In Lynn Nottage's Ruined, identify a significant symbol.

I would say that Mama Nadi's brothel is a significant symbol in the drama. The conventional view of a brothel is a place of dehumanization, of significant belittling and an arena where...

Latest answer posted March 29, 2012 8:30 am UTC

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What are three examples of rising action in the play Ruined?

The climax of the play is the confrontation between Osembenga (and his men) and Mama Nadi (and her girls, including Salima, who dies at the end of the central conflict). The early conversation...

Latest answer posted March 13, 2018 9:34 pm UTC

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What is the main message in Ruined  by Lynn Nottage?

I think that one of the critical messages of the play is that there are amazingly brutal consequences to war, in general, and civil war, in particular. The play focuses on women who have been...

Latest answer posted April 20, 2012 10:52 am UTC

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Is the play Ruined a melodrama or tragedy? Why?

I would not classify this play as a tragedy, because a tragedy can be defined as a work that uses a dignified style to show the progress of a heroic protagonist who is brought to ruin or is made to...

Latest answer posted March 13, 2018 8:47 pm UTC

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What characters in Ruined are dynamic?

Most of the characters in Lynn Nottage's play Ruined are static, and the choice to present static characters very well may have been deliberate on the part of the playwright. The static nature of...

Latest answer posted October 20, 2019 6:19 am UTC

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What would be an interesting spectacle for this play?

The idea of spectacle could effectively be applied to Ruined because of the play’s connection to Bertolt Brecht’s epic theater. In many respects, Ruined is a contemporary adaptation of Brecht’s...

Latest answer posted December 14, 2019 3:13 am UTC

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What would be considered irony and, specifically, dramatic irony in the play Ruined by Lynn Nottage?

As with the Bertrolt Brecht play that inspired it (Mother Courage and her Children), Lynn Nottage’s script for Ruined is a passionately-told anti-war theme that emphasizes the toll taken on its...

Latest answer posted October 6, 2014 3:58 pm UTC

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What are the objectives of the main characters in ruined?

The three leads of the play are Mama Nadi, Josephine, and Sophie. The three women have very different specific objectives that all lead to essentially the same outcome: survival. Mama Nadi achieves...

Latest answer posted December 6, 2018 5:23 pm UTC

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In what ways is Mama Nadi a heroic figure?

In Lynn Nottage’s play, Mama Nadi can be considered a heroic figure both because of her noble actions and because of her tragic flaws. Within the character of a brothel owner, the same woman...

Latest answer posted February 11, 2019 1:31 am UTC

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What is the Climax?

In dramatic and literary terms, the climax is the point of highest tension in a story. It's that moment in the narrative of maximum dramatic—and often emotional—intensity, to which the preceding...

Latest answer posted July 25, 2018 11:03 am UTC

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Is Ruined a play of love?

While Ruined does not seem to be a play that focuses on the theme of love as much as it does the personal ramifications of the Congolese Civil Wars, love is still evident between the characters and...

Latest answer posted November 14, 2017 7:20 pm UTC

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In Ruined by Lynn Nottage, what are at least three sub-plots in the drama and their significance in relation to the...

The purpose of a sub-plot is to add depth to a story that may otherwise be one-dimensional in terms of what actually happens. In Ruined, there is drama and despair but the story, although...

Latest answer posted June 30, 2014 6:50 am UTC

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In Ruined by Lynn Nottage, is Mama a villain for employing girls as prostitutes?

I am not sure that there is a simple answer to such a question. Nottage might have done this deliberately, to stress the idea that deep understanding and compassion must guide an assessment of any...

Latest answer posted March 25, 2012 10:22 pm UTC

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What time period does this play occur in?

The play takes place in a small mining town in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) in the early years of this century. During this period, a brutal civil war raged in the country, which caused...

Latest answer posted July 10, 2018 9:39 am UTC

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How would Nottage's play Ruined be produced?

As with any play, putting on a production of Lynn Nottage's play Ruined involves the careful selection of collaborators, a thoughtful and relevant set design, and talented actors to play the roles...

Latest answer posted November 11, 2019 7:42 pm UTC

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What is the voice of Ruined by Lynn Nottage?

The voice that Nottage appropriates in telling the story of Ruined is a complex one. An element that is clear is the strong demand that the war that is ravaging both the nation and the people of...

Latest answer posted April 20, 2012 10:24 am UTC

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Is Lynn Nottage's Ruined an effective vehicle for social change?

Lynn Nottage's play can certainly be viewed as a vehicle for social change. Ruined won the 2009 Pulitzer Prize for Drama. Nottage having won the award would not be considered an obvious choice,...

Latest answer posted April 30, 2019 5:48 pm UTC

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Is Ruined sentimental?

Playwright Lynn Nottage does address the theme of sentimentality in Ruined, but the play overall is not sentimental. The setting is a war zone, and all the characters’ lives are impacted by the war...

Latest answer posted November 11, 2019 10:45 pm UTC

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