A modern production of Act 1 Scenes 1 and 3 from 'Macbeth'. This part starts where Macbeth and Banquo meet the witches, and ends where the witches vanish.
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- 26 February 1998
Can be used to gain a closer understanding of the language of riddles and oxymorons in this scene and the play as a whole. Begin with a refresher of what these terms mean. In groups, students can trawl a copy of the scene for as many examples of confusing and contradictory language as possible. What is the effect of the inclusion by Shakespeare of this sort of language? How does it link with the wider play as a whole? Can students compare this to their knowledge of the use of oxymoronic language in other Shakespeare plays?