The Movie Symposium: The Prince of Egypt
The idea that at any time during his life Moses didn't know that he was a . about a brother-brother relationship between Moses and Rameses. The relationship between them is actually very good and you can tell Moses says when he returns to Egypt that Rameses is still in his heart. A desperate mother decides to let God guide her newborn son instead of execution. In ancient Egypt, Moses, the Prince of Egypt, finds out that he is a Hebrew, .. Rameses refusal to acknowledge the humanity of the slaves, Moses' relation.
After several days, famished from lack of food and water, he stubs his toe and breaks his sandal. He angrily discards them and the rest of his royal ornaments, except for the ring given to him by Rameses.
A sandstorm soon overtakes him, and he surrenders himself to it. However, he survives; a camel pulls his head out of the sand thinking his hair was grass. He notices the camel is saddled and holds a water pouch. He digs himself out hastily and tries to take some of the water, but he only has enough energy to loop his arm around the pouch before passing out.
Fortunately the camel drags him to a large well with some troughs, where he gorges himself on the liquid goodness within--much to the surprise of a nearby sheep.
Soon after he arrives, Moses observes some bandits attempting to steal water from three young girls. Moses manages to drive the bandits away by sending their camels on the run, but in his exhaustion he accidentally falls down the well.
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The three girls turn out to be Tzipporah's younger sisters, who are unable to get Moses out of the well until she comes along.
Thinking they're only playing around after the youngest says they're "trying to get the funny man out of the well"she's surprised to hear him struggling as they try to pull him up. She hurriedly tells him they'll get him out soon and pulls him up in a few seconds. However, once she realizes it's Moses, she drops him back down the well as retaliation for embarrassing her at the banquet several nights previous.
This is done in relatively good nature, though, as she is aware of his help in her escape; it is assumed that she pulls him back out shortly afterward.
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As she swaggers away, her two youngest sisters look to the third one for an explanation; she answers, "This is why Papa says she'll never get married Moses claims that his past actions and inaction make him unworthy of any honor Tzipporah is surprised by his great change in attitude since they first met. However, Jethro refuses to believe his claim, referring to how Moses helped get all his daughters out of perilous situations.
He tells Moses that if he wants to see what his life is worth, he needs to view his life "through heaven's eyes," which he eventually does. Moses grows to become a member of Jethro's tribe, working with Tzipporah and her sisters as a shepherd.
Over time, he and Tzipporah become friends, fall in love, and get married. One day probably about ten years, give or take, after Moses left Egyptwhile chasing a stray lamb, Moses discovers a cavern with a bush that "burned" in a way he has never seen before, with an unusual fire that didn't scorch. The bush then speaks, revealing that it is the voice and presence of God, who has heard the cries of the Israelites. When Moses nervously asks what is wanted of him, the voice says that He has chosen Moses to deliver the Hebrews out of slavery just as his sister, Miriam, had declaredby speaking to Pharoah the words which he will be taught to say.
Moses is at first apprehensive, given that he was the son of Pharoah, the man who murdered the children of the slaves. However, the voice commands Moses to go forth, promising to smite Egypt with His "wonders" when Pharaoh will not listen.
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He promises to be with Moses. Afterwards, God's presence departs, leaving the bush no longer alight. During this conversation, Moses' attitude and feelings go from shame and fear, to peace, confidence, and joy. Moses returns to Tzipporah and excitedly tells her of what transpired in the cave, and what he has been asked to do.
Since she is overcome at first by the immensity of the task given him, he tells of his desire to see his people free, like her family is free. She lays aside her fears for him and decides to accompany him back to his former home. Upon reaching the palace, Moses finds that his father and mother, presumably is dead, and Rameses has become the new Pharoah, married with a son of his own. The two brothers greet each other jovially, with Rameses eager to welcome Moses back, forgiving the events that drove him away and seemingly ignoring his Hebrew origins.
Moses hesitantly explains that things cannot return to how they once were, and requests that Rameses let the slaves go free, as requested by God. Moses then demonstrates God's power, as his wooden staff becomes a snake. Rameses smirks at this "trick," but is confused, thinking that Moses has something else he wants to talk about. However, he "plays along," and has Hotep and Huy conjure their own magic, which is consists of convincing showmanship.
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This impresses the rest of Rameses' court, but not Moses or Tzipporah. Rameses and Moses then meet in private, where they discuss the slaves, the duties of Pharaoh, and the actions of Seti. Frustrated by Rameses refusal to acknowledge the humanity of the slaves, Moses' relation to them, and the sins of Seti, Moses declares that he can no longer hide in the desert while his people suffer. He returns the royal ring that Rameses had given him so long ago. Rameses is saddened, then angered, that Moses came back for the Hebrews and not for him.
He declares that he does not acknowledge his brother's God, and refuses to allow the Hebrews to leave. Moses pleads for his brother to reconsider, but Rameses claims he will not be the 'weak link' in his family's dynasty, showing that Seti was successful in setting Rameses on an unalterable path.
He then orders the workload doubled for the slaves out of spite. Several of the slaves--including his brother Aaron--shun Moses because of the extra workload, and they doubt that God called Moses to deliver them or even cares for them. Miriam however, harbors no ill will towards her brother, claiming that God saved Moses from all his trials and adversity for a purpose. This encourages Moses to not give up. Moses approaches them, and yells for Rameses to let his people go. Rameses scoffs at this, and sends his guards after him--until Moses places his staff in the water, turning the Nile to blood.
Unsure how this is achieved, Rameses demands that Hotep and Huy duplicate or explain this. Using some red powder, they claim that the power of their gods can do the same, and Rameses just dismisses Moses' "trick" once again.
Aaron claims that nothing will help them, but Moses promises that God will see to it that they are made free. A series of plagues then begin to befall Egypt, each more ferociously destructive than the last: Locusts destroy crops, the Egyptians come down with terrible sores on their skin, and fire rains down from the sky.
Even with all these events and several more, which his mages prove powerless to counter, Rameses still refuses to give in to Moses' request. They are both frustrated with each other. Many monuments, statues, and structures become damaged or destroyed.
Soon after, the land is covered in darkness except for where the Hebrews liveand Moses goes to see his brother once again to convince him to let the Hebrews go. As they talk, Rameses eventually opens up, they reminisce on their past, and a flicker of mutual brotherly love seems almost rekindled, until Rameses' son comes in and demands to know if Moses is the reason for what has befallen Egypt.
With his son close by, Rameses once again sheds his friendlier side and acts as Pharaoh. Used as literally as possible. Though it is implied that Moses learned about God from Jethro and his family and presumably had at least some faith in Himhe actually sees God "face to face" when he gets his Mission from God.
This experience gives him the courage to go back to Egypt. Applied in a harsher way with the plagues.
Moses is the "Prince" in the title. Took a Level in Badass: Moses goes from a spoiled, arrogant prince to the man who has accepted himself and saved his people from persecution. Took a Level in Kindness: After learning of his true origins, Moses loses all of his arrogance and becomes a more humble and caring person. To Tzipporah, once he gets back from talking with God. Though he has prominent cheekbones, he is the hero of the movie. Both times he has a Heroic BSoD.
We Used to Be Friends: Even more than that, they were raised as brothers. Tragically, they became enemies when Rameses was Pharaoh and Moses returned from hiding to free the Hebrews from bondage. He tricks Tzipporah into falling into a moat and later on, roughly grabs Miriam's arm and throws her to the ground. Is given this moment in song by his future father-in-law, Jethro, after Moses tells him he's "done nothing in [his] life worth honoring.
Ralph Fiennes "I will not be the weak link! He is Moses' adoptive older brother and best friend. However, Rameses tends to be the more responsible one. His relationship with his brother becomes strained when Moses wants Rameses to free the slaves and he won't deliver. In conjunction with Moses. In the Bible, the Pharaoh is unnamed and is not mentioned to have any kind of brotherly affinity for Moses.
While still the villain, he's portrayed in a more tragic, sympathetic, and all-around human light than his Biblical counterpart. Rameses is clearly torn up about having to go against his brother, hoping that they can work things out, but ultimately decides they can't and refuses to see things any other way. Some scenes ended up having to be re-written from the original drafts of the script because Rameses came across as too nice.
The historical Rameses II was red haired, a detail which can still be seen on his mummy. Here he is black haired - when he is haired at all.
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For the well-being of his child, though not enough to let go of his pride. Here, he's a young adult when that happens. Rameses' downfall is portrayed with all the pathos of a family member suffering hardship.
Surpassing his father as Pharaoh thus not becoming the "weak link" at the expense of others' well-being the slaves. It's one of the main reasons he becomes a villain in the first place, and refuses to back down. He loves his brother dearly, and refuses to seek his harm personally with the possible exception of the "Nile turning to blood" sceneeven forgiving all of the crimes Moses committed when he returns to Egypt.
This lasts until the final plague does its work. From that point on, he becomes a straighter villain, even if his motives are understandable.
In fact, some scenes had to be rewritten because Rameses initially came off as too sympathetic. Once he's the Pharaoh. When Moses returns to Egypt, he and Rameses eye each other in surprise. Rameses, however, quickly gets over the shock and grabs Moses in a giant hug, lifting him off the floor and apparently even squeezing the air out of Moses. Never suggest that Rameses can't live up to his father's reputation or ask him to sacrifice some of his authority.
Of the second half, when he is the primary block in the way of the Hebrews' freedom. Rameses starts off as a rather flawed young man, though it's somewhat expected of a young man looking to ascend the throne. Once he's the Pharaoh, he becomes less sympathetic, willing to keep the system of slavery going, both out of a sense of pride of what he's accomplishing and because he doesn't want to be seen as weak.
Once the firstborns of Egypt die, he loses all semblance of mercy, chasing after the Hebrews after he already let them go out of a desire for revenge. Rameses's first reaction to his little brother killing a man in front of multiple witnesses is to declare him innocent. When Moses returns after years of being gone he is ready to give his brother a high position and wipe away the crime.
Unfortunately, this doesn't last forever. Screams a massive one as the Red Sea closes, drowning his army and cutting him off from Moses. He shouts "Moses" twice, his last lines in the film.
The death of his son. Later, the drowning of his men at the Red Sea. Ramses himself is pushed back to shore by the force of the waves; thematically, this act can be seen as God Himself pushing Ramses back with His might, the ultimate force that can humble even the proudest man. Both deeply regret it, though following the death of his son in the final plague, Rameses becomes utterly consumed by hatred for Moses, ending any fraternal bonds that might have persisted.
With Moses during "The Plagues.The Prince of Egypt (1998) - 'Death of the First Born' scene
Gives several, mostly to Moses. He goes on a war campaign to kill Moses and every other Hebrew afterwards. Despotism Justifies the Means: He's portrayed as a more sympathetic example than most, and has overlap with Utopia Justifies the Meansrefusing to be the "weak link" that would destroy their dynasty and thus bring ruin upon Egypt. Conflict With Moses Rameses refusing Moses' pleas. When Moses transformed his staff into a cobra as his first miracle, Rameses was amused and had Hotep and Huy perform a magic act of their own in an attempt to make Moses see otherwise.
Following this event, he motioned to Moses to follow him to a secluded area so as to talk alone. Once Rameses was away from the public eye, he conversed more openly with Moses, trying to justify not only his own actions but that of his father.
However, he was visibly hurt when Moses rejected his words and handed back the ring Rameses had given him when he promoted him to Chief Architect. Feeling betrayed, Rameses became angry, telling Moses "I do not know this God" and that he would not let the Hebrews be set free, also ranting that he would not become the weak link as his father previously told him. Rameses then informed Moses that all slaves would have their workload doubled, implicitly blaming Moses.
When the two next met, Rameses was enjoying a boat ride on the Nile with his son when Moses once again demanded that he set "his people free". Rameses unsuccessfully tried to ignore Moses and promptly ordered his guards to bring Moses to him. His guards attempted to capture Moses, only for God to turn the Nile River into blood as another of His miracles.
At first, Rameses was shocked at this show of power and demanded that Hotep and Huy explain how it was done. When the two magicians replicated the miracle via the use of a dye, Rameses' fear subsided and he laughed it off, then warned Moses that the "joke" must now end, unaware that this was just the beginning.
During the onset of the great darkness, Rameses was visited by Moses in the temple. They both recall the fun times they had shared together with Rameses wishing for things to back to the way they were before.
His son suddenly appears and wonders why Moses is here after giving Egypt so much trouble. Moses retorts back that Rameses' stubbornness was the real cause of all the trouble and pleads with him once more to let the Hebrews go, warning him that something much worse would happen if he refuses, resulting in the loss of everything he holds dear, including his own son.
Rameses refuses to listen, paralleling his father when he expressed a desire to re-create the events of the massacre stating that his father may have had the right idea about dealing with the Hebrews ; this saddened Moses, who told Rameses that he had brought the final plague upon himself. Thus, due to Rameses' hubris, the Tenth Plague was unleashed upon Egypt. The Angel of Death descended from the heavens and killed all of the kingdom's firstborn children, including Rameses' son, while the first-born children of the Hebrews were spared.
Overwhelmed with grief, Rameses told Moses to go and take his people with him.