What are some reasons on why or why not Oedipus deserves to suffer in Oedipus Rex?

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There was no way for Oedipus to avoid his fate. This is the primary reason that we might argue Oedipus does not deserve to be punished.  

...the oracle remains true, and Oedipus is helpless in the face of its powerful prophecy. (eNotes)

Guilt is almost universally assigned - morally (if not legally) - as part an understanding that people have free will and a power over their own decisions. If Oedipus is not free to choose his actions (because they are dictated by fate), we can hardly assign him moral guilt.

He did, however, kill a man out of anger. Though Oedipus does not know the man is his father, he has to real excuse to kill the man anyway. This can be seen as a reason for Oedipus to be punished. He did choose, in the moment, to act in this way. His anger and his pride led him to kill. These are character flaws outside of fate.

In the end, Oedipus does feel deserving of punishment and takes the guilt of his actions upon himself:

For if I had died then, 
I would not have brought 
so much pain to my friends or me!



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