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The Prince of Egypt Analysis In the film The Prince of Egypt , a newborn Hebrew boy is placed in a basket in hopes of escaping execution because Pharaoh Seti I’s order to kill all infant sons of Hebrew slaves. As the basket floats down the river, it arrives at the Pharaoh’s palace where the Pharaoh’s wife discovers it and keeps the baby as her own. The infant grows up to be Moses, prince of Egypt, until he discovers his identity as a Hebrew. Moses flees Egypt, but God reaches out to him and orders him to save his people. Moses returns to Egypt to deliver his people from slavery, but the new Pharaoh, Moses’ half-brother Ramses II, refuses. With God’s help, Moses procures ten plagues upon the Egyptians, and in response, Pharaoh Ramses II grants the Hebrews their freedom. This film exhibits the story of Moses, but it highlights Egyptian culture of the time. For an animated film such as this one, The Prince of Egypt closely displays an accurate depiction of the religious and cultural aspects of Egyptian society. Egyptian material culture is accentuated by the clothing of the royal family and the Egyptian citizens. Both Pharaohs shown in the film, Seti I and Ramses II, wear cloth skirts or long robes with decadent headdresses. The Egyptian women wear long draping gowns with golden accessories. Most Egyptians are shown wearing sandals or are barefoot. For example, Moses and Ramses wear woven sandals while their mother wears none. Every Egyptian, from royalty to civilian, in the film wears white garments. The portrayal of the Egyptian clothing in
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  • Spring '17
  • Langin-Hooper
  • Ancient Egypt, Moses, Ramesses II, Ramses II

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