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Does Oedipus deserve the fate that befalls him? Does Oedipus deserve the fate that befalls him?

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I would say that free will interacts with fate to initiate the curse.  There are free choices made by Laius, Jocasta and Oedipus that result in the fulfilling the curse's promise. 

When Laius and Jocasta find out from an oracle of Apollo that their newborn son will one day kill his father, they abandon the child, leaving him in the elements to die.  However, a kind shepherd takes the child and gives him to the King of Corinth. 

Fate does rule...

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