Ruth from “Ozark”: A Heroine Trying to Burst Out

If you enjoyed “Ozark,” as I did, the character of Ruth is probably the primary reason why. On the surface she was a bad guy, as is everyone in this era of antiheroes. But through the “badassery” there was authentic sensitivity, a bit of wisdom and an individualist spirit determined to overcome her morally and economically trashy background. And she almost succeeded. Ruth was a heroine trying to break out. This is why I responded to her so strongly, and why I think many others (subconsciously) did so too. Ruth was written as a character that seemed meant for a better era, and the viewer could not help but root for her. The whole show ultimately evolved into something of a Greek tragedy, but I will stop there in case you haven’t yet seen it.

Michael J. Hurd, Daily Dose of Reason

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