THE WORKERS WIFE
The Worker’s Wife by Finnish Playwright Minna Canth is a play about strong women. The main characters are Homsantuu, a gipsy girl, an outsider in the Finnish society at the end of 1800, and Johanna, the married wife of a labourer called Risto. He is deceitful towards both of them. He drinks and he lies – but has all the power in his hands since he is a man. Johanna is a humble, deeply religious woman whose resignation leads to death, Homsantuu tries to fight, but ends up in jail. Through these women Minna Canth criticizes the society. The society holds Johanna responsible for Risto’s drinking and when Homsantuu leaves with Risto, she is labelled as a fallen woman. Risto is not responsible for the situation. In this way the play criticizes the double morals of the society.