The introduction to the story (1:1-5) poses the central problem for the characters. The death of Elimelek and his sons, in a foreign land, leaves the family without issue, and the women without protection. The solution of this problem is only completed after several partial or false solutions have been presented:
All of these provide the hope of (at least partial) resolution. However it is only at the end with the birth of the son that all is finally indeed resolved.
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