Function Order: Si-Te-Fi-Ne

Ramses feels the pressure of the past, and their ancestors, hard upon him; he desperately wants to live up to all of them, and succeed, and make his place among them, showing his strong Si. Introverted Sensing holds onto and respects what has lasted for centuries—establishments, traditions, and above all, family. He feels a strong sense of duty and obligation to fulfill the expectations of his ancestors and to surpass them. Also, when he and Moses conflict with each other, Ramses bemoans, “Why can’t we go back to the way we were before?” – showing his desire to reconnect and pick up where they left off, rather than being antagonistic toward each other. He at first doesn’t know what to make of Moses’ plagues, but then gradually becomes more and more resentful of them and stubborn about not listening to reason. He refuses to let the slaves go, because they represent a workforce within Egypt and their freedom would make him look weak by comparison. He often loops into Fi—becoming very emotional over his father’s rejections of him, resenting Moses getting him into trouble, and telling him what to do, and becoming more and more stubborn in his refusal to listen to reason (“Let my heart be hardened!” he snaps during a song). It’s not until the loss of his beloved firstborn son that he releases them from their bondage, only to become angry about it later and pursue them—losing his army in the process. Ramses shows almost no intuition, much like his brother Moses—he is curious about the blood in the river, but easily satisfied when his own priests reproduce it in a bowl of water.

Enneagram: 3w2 so/sp

Ramses feels immense pressure to live up to his father’s legacy and be what he wants him to be—an impressive pharaoh whose achievements surpass those of his ancestors. He wants to always look good, and resents how Moses talks him into things, or gets them both in trouble, because it looks bad and forces him to deal with his father’s disapproval. Moses cannot convince him to let the slaves go, partly because it would look bad to listen to such a demand, it would make Egypt seem weak, and it would cause the loss of a workforce that has served Egypt well for many years. The more Moses pressures him, the more Ramses refuses to budge, becoming determined not to give an inch, which would mean sacrificing his reputation in the process. Ramses is both very emotional, as a heart type, and somewhat desperate to take care of Moses early on—he has the 2ish pride in that he assumes he could erase Moses’ crimes so that he could stay in Egypt, because he doesn’t want to be without him; and he nobly erases the murder when Moses returns to him after so many years, greeting him warmly.

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