Miriam is the tritangoist from The Prince of Egypt.
Miriam first appears when she, Aaron and their mother Yocheved were trying to save Moses from being killed by the Egyptian soldiers of Pharaoh Seti I. Yocheved places Moses in a basket and frees him into the river Nile and then Miriam follows the basket.
Miriam is a kind, beautiful, and brave young woman who, like her brother Moses, tries to help her fellow slaves and escape the cruelty from the Egyptians. She is also very hopeful and determined, putting her faith completely in God and her brother Moses.
Role in Film
Miriam is the older sister of Moses and Aaron. In the prologue, she, Aaron and Yocheved send Moses down the river in a basket. She witnesses the basket's almost destruction and Moses being adopted by the Queen of Egypt. She sends up a prayer he will be safe.
Later, after growing up, she and Aaron are getting water when Tzipporah appears and begs for water for her "long journey." Miriam gives her water saying "may God protect you" and watches her go. When Moses appears, she blocks his view of Tzipporah and hides nothing about his past, though Aaron tries to excuse her as sick and mentally ill. Moses thinks she is lying and slaps her to the ground, where she sings his lullaby, to which he remembers his childhood as a Hebrew baby.
When gathering straw, she sees an Egyptian beating an older Hebrew and tries to help, but Aaron restrains her. Moses appears instead and kills the Egyptian accidentally. She is shocked at this.
When Moses returns, she interrupts Aaron's rant and welcomes Moses back, believing he will set them free. She watches the plagues in devastation and keeps Moses in her house when the last plague comes. She is the main comforter to Moses as he is devastated with the death of his nephew. She leaves with the Hebrews, appearing to have become strong friends with Tzipporah. The Egyptians arrive to kill them, but Moses splits the Red Sea so they can walk across. She is later seen at the end with her family.
- Director Brenda Chapman briefly voices Miriam when she sings the lullaby to Moses. The vocal had been recorded for a scratch audio track, which was intended to be replaced later by Sally Dworsky. The track turned out so well that it remained in the film.