What is the Climax?

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Lynn Nottage's "Ruined" is a Pulitzer Prize winning play set in a small mining town in the Democratic Republic of Congo. It tells the tale of a war-torn country and its effects on small town folk and the price paid by women during such uncertain times. 

The play's climax takes place when soldiers are looking for the leader of the opposition and in a fit of rage, are tormenting women (Mama, Josephine and Sophie). A bloodied Salima enters the premises shouting at the men to stop the violence. Fortune, Salima's husband, who has looked for her everywhere, is one of the soldiers attacking the women and on recognizing her rushes to her aid. Salima dies during child birth proclaiming that men will not fight their battles on her body anymore. The next scene depicts that life has returned to normalcy. 


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