The Prince of Egypt

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The film Prince of Egypt did a wonderful job at filling in the details of Moses' life. While many scenes were added to the biblical narrative, the film's poetic license needed to create some of the interaction between Joseph and his older brother Ramses in order for the characters to find flesh and blood on the silver screen. Even in animated form, the additional scenes helped the viewer understand that these characters were not just flannel graph images which played out a predetermined and stoic destiny. One of these scenes depicts Joseph and Ramses racing through the city streets on their chariots. The competition between the older and younger brothers gave character depth and dimension to the film. Ramses, as the oldest, would have been more ridged, focused on pleasing his father and ultimately replacing pharaoh with all the force and responsibility that his task would require of him. Joseph, on the other hand, could afford to play, and prod his older brother into crossing the lines of "appropriate behavior" for a future pharaoh. The dynamics of their relationship helped form the power of the conflict when Moses returned to lead his people out of Egypt. How would have Moses felt, facing Continue...

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