Analysis of the Differences Between the Movie the Prince of Egypt and the Book of Exodus

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Analysis of the differences between the movie The Prince of Egypt and the Book of Exodus
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Medina Baitemirova

THEO 1301 Dr. Charles Sommer

12/01/2014
Prince of Egypt is a movie based on the Book of Exodus created by DreamWorks Studios and released in 1998. DreamWorks is a Hollywood company that is dedicated to entertainment, and it is not a religious organization. Due to that fact, there are differences between the story of Moses as depicted in the movie and as told in the Book of Exodus. While there were many changes made to the biblical story, the filmmakers succeeded at delivering a message that is universal to all religions. The main point of the movie is to show the life of a man who persisted through struggles and freed his people. The purpose of this essay is to concentrate on eight major differences and why they were introduced. This essay will analyze how changes made to the presentation of the material significantly changed the content, message, or understanding of the biblical story
The first major difference is when Moses was found in his basket. In the movie, the Pharaoh’s wife finds Moses and there is no mention of who was breastfeeding the baby later in the film. According to the biblical story, Moses was found by the Pharaoh’s daughter and was breastfed by his biological mother later. In order to make it accessible to a larger public, DreamWorks had to satisfy an audience consisting of Christians, Jews and Muslims, as well as followers of other religions. I believe that in an attempt to satisfy the Muslim population and not to offend any religion, DreamWorks changed the plot according to the Koran. According to Muslims, the Pharaoh’s wife adopted Moses, so the plot changed not to contradict the Islamic beliefs. The effect was that DreamWorks…...

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