Exodus 8-10. The Societal Wave Function, the Fall of Egypt, the Rise of Israel. In Egyptian eyes, Moses was first seen as a sorcerer charlatan. The plagues profoundly changed Egyptian public opinion. The plague of lice was interpreted by the Egyptians to mean that Moses had power, even over the creation of life, something that no magician in Egyptian could reproduce. Egypt prided themselves in their balance and harmony with nature, with Heaven and the Earth. The plagues struck at each symbol that the Egyptians considered sacred, showing how they were not in the harmony with nature that they thought. The plagues were undermining the very faith that Egyptians had in their culture and their religion. This lesson discusses the sociological and psychological effects that the plagues (from lice to hail) had on the Egyptian national psyche.