The Tonya Harding and Nancy Kerrigan Scandal
In the informational text “The Tonya Harding and Nancy Kerrigan Scandal,” Jessica McBirney discusses the incident between the two figure skaters that captured the nation.
When and How to Pair: Have students read this text after Act IV Scene ii, to provide readers with a contemporary connection to the themes of betrayal and arch rivalry contained in the play. Lady Macduff feels betrayed by her husband, who is being pursued by murderers sent by Macbeth. Her son feels she has betrayed him when she tells him his father has died. Ross acts as a messenger between the Macduffs. Have students compare the perspectives of both texts. How does each perspective add to the narrative? How does the media portrayal of Tonya Harding help influence public perception? How might there be a difference between facts and truth in a vengeful story?