Henry IV

Designed in celebration of the Folger Shakespeare Library’s First Folio Tour: The book that gave us Shakespeare is on display at the Benton Museum located at the University of Connecticut.

The sun has always been a symbol for kings and queens who like to give themselves props for their stunning powers. Throughout the play, Shakespeare uses the sun as a metaphor for young Henry the V promised transformation from a wild young prince to a majestic monarch. The eclipse encompasses this idea of transformation and passing time. As the sight of an eclipse is only temporary, eventually the sun emerges from behind the moon and the blinding light is too great to bear witness to.