The Story Of Sinuhe, By The Tale Of The Eloquent Peasant
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However, the staggering sagacity and the manifestation of Ma’at in such an overwhelming way in the life of a peasant seems to inaccurately represent the plight of a Middle Kingdom peasant. Additionally, just as is true in “The Story of Sinuhe,” “The Tale of the Eloquent Peasant” greatly slants the moral righteousness of the king for purpose of glorification, a typical Egyptian motif. “The Story of Sinuhe,” however, offers many more reliable representations of principles of social life in the Middle Kingdom. Through the documentation of Sinuhe’s life and travels throughout the lands surrounding Egypt two fundamental ideas of Egyptian life come to light, the concept that the king represents all importance in Egypt and the notion that being Egyptian is truly the pinnacle of existence. This tale also personifies the trait of a hatred of foreigners in Sinuhe as he constantly claims to have “killed the people in it by my strong arm, my bow, my maneuvers, and my advice” (59). While both of these stories offer information at face value about Middle Kingdom social life, an analysis of the rhetorical slants, inaccuracies, and propaganda used by these Egyptian authors provides valuable enlightenment as well.
One clear depiction of an aspect of Egyptian social life in “The Tale of the Eloquent Peasant” is a high regard for the arts and wisdom, as seen through the king’s appreciation of a peasant’s eloquence and a longing to hear more of his speeches (30). Additionally, the fact that