Entering a Critical Conversation

In the epilogue of The Tempest Prospero reveals that the audience has been holding him hostage throughout the entire play. This conflicts with our perception with Prospero as the power force behind the play. Upon further reading with the context of the epilogue and the beliefs on antitheatricalists in mind, we realize that the power structures in place comment on the nature of the audience at hand. The play asserts that they are not weak-minded as the Puritans suggest, but rather the force that drives the artists work.