In Henry IV Part 1
, celestial events
are controversial symbols. Some characters, such as Glendower
, believe in their symbolic power and read the future in the skies, trusting the motions of the sun, moon, stars, and meteors to foretell events in the human world. Yet for other characters, such as Prince Hal
, celestial events are totally devoid of symbolic power and are just ordinary natural processes that have nothing to do with human history. Throughout the play, celestial events play a dual role: they function both as an affirmation of symbolic significance in the natural world and as a refutation of that significance, depending on who’s looking at them.