The image of Pharaoh’s horses is a reference to Exodus 14 in the Bible; “The water flowed back and covered the chariots and horsemen—the entire army of Pharaoh that had followed the Israelites into the sea. Not one of them survived (Exodus 14:28).” It can be viewed as a symbolic warning against a pursuit of tragic course without regard for consequences. It is also symbolic of the the triumph of the human spirit of oppression. In Exodus the Hebrews were slaves fleeing from bondage. Pharaoh pursued them into the Red Sea where the Hebrews decidedly won their freedom, and Pharaoh lost his entire army.