Let My People Go
The Prince of Egypt
The Prince of Egypt (1998)
is one of Hollywood’s animated films that depict Egypt. The story is based on the Biblical story of Moses
and the Hebrew’s against Ramesses II
and Egypt. The film accurately depicts the Bible’s story
, and uses some comedy and graphic effects to keep the audience interested. While the Biblical references may be correct, the actual references to Egypt made the Egyptian culture seem cruel and evil. While the workers that built the pyramids and temples did tough manual labor to do, they were not treated as badly as the movie depicts. Egypt was known to care for their workers, always providing the best foods so they could keep up with the manual labor. In addition, it was usually voluntary to join the workers, or a way to pay taxes. The workers found the building of the Pharaoh’s temples more of a privilege than a punishment. In fact, many workers traveled hundreds of miles to work on the pyramids and temples. For The Prince of Egypt, if you believe in the literal interpretation of the Bible
, it would be accurate; however if you follow historical facts, the movie fabricates slave labor and the use of Ramses as the evil pharaoh. Unfortunately, neither theory has historical and scientific proof to back them.