Support how Oedipus deserved his fate.Why did oedpus deserve his suffering at the end of the play? why did he bring it upon himself? points and proof? :) thankyou

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Ashley Kannan eNotes educator| Certified Educator

I am not in entire agreement with the statement. Having said this, I think that a case can be made where some level of blame falls upon Oedipus for his fate.  The overall hubris that he demonstrates would be a part of this answer.  Oedipus shows hubris in believing that his own use of free will can overcome what is fated for him.  Upon learning his fate from the Oracle and repeated warnings from Tiresias, Oedipus does not relent in his belief and confidence in his pursuit of free will.  It would be here where the greatest amount of blame might lie.  Such a condition can be further seen in his willingness to unabashedly place the future of his people on the revelation of the truth, or cause of the plague.  On some level, this reveals what a strong and faithful ruler he is, but it is also indicative of a great deal of hubris and pride or excessive faith in self.

scarletpimpernel eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Although I don't think that Sophocles entirely promotes the idea that Oedipus deserves his fate, he does portray Oedipus as one who is arrogant enough (possessing hubris) to think that they can escape the oracle's prophecy and the fate that the gods have chosen for him.

Additionally, his pride and quick temper cause him to kill Laius (even though he doesn't know that he is his father) when he has "road rage" toward the old man.  If he had been able to control his temper and feeling of superiority, he might now have killed his father (especially so senselessly).

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