Rameses is not as nuanced as he could be, because he’s a stock villain – a hard-hearted man with low emotional awareness, who assumes he can rule through ‘power’ rather than mercy. He sees the slaves as tradable commodities and doesn’t care if a few hundred of them die in the process of building his glorious cities. He is willing to teach them their place through punishing them, by repeating his father’s offenses of killing their firstborns in defiance of their God’s edict. He issues orders and expects them to be followed, assuming that the mere act of writing down his words makes them ‘come into being’ through the actions of others – he knows that this is how you use power, and he intends to have it, to become the Pharaoh, to show up Moses and get him kicked out of the line of succession (because he is not of royal blood), and to claim Nefertiti for himself. All of this, he does. He also sees things in a highly unusual way, showcasing his Ni. For example, he chooses not to kill Moses in the desert, because he says he will not allow his wife to “make him a martyr to cherish. The dead are not scorched by desire.” He wants her to go on, not knowing whether the man she loves is alive or dead, or “has found comfort in another’s arms.” He sees things in abstract terms as well (“the royal falconer has flown into the sun”). Rameses shows somewhat limited Se – he cares about passion, desire, achievement, and building great monuments to outlast him, but does not drive into the red sea in pursuit of the Hebrews; he stands back and tells his men to go in for him. He is somewhat inert at the start of the story, and disengaged from building the city. He often lounges around, rather than takes the initiative. But his weakest point is undeniably his Fi – he has no real sensitivity for anyone other than himself, is careless about others’ feelings, and doesn’t even care whether his wife loves him or not. He just demands obedience from her.

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Rameses tells Nefertiti that how she feels about him is irrelevant, since if he wants her, he will have her, and she will mean no more to him than a dog or a horse. He sees her as his property, to do with as he pleases; and he intends to kill her far later in the story, when he returns from having pursued the Hebrew slaves into the desert. He is fond of saying, “So it shall be written, so it shall be done,” as if his word is law. He does not suffer fools easily, is aware of who has the power in any given situation, and intends for it to be him. He is about to give in to peer pressure from his advisors and release the Hebrews, when Nefertiti mocks him for being easily influenced, and a coward. In his angry determination to prove her wrong, and show himself as ‘strong,’ he refuses to let them leave—causing the death of his own son in the process. He shows some 7ish magical thinking in that he assumes, because he is Pharaoh, that the gods will restore their dead son to him, that everything is somehow going to turn out fine, even though it looks like all hope has been lost.

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