What are some reasons on why or why not Oedipus deserves to suffer in Oedipus Rex?
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)
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Oedipus is a tragic hero and authentic to the concept of tragedy as desceibed by Aristotle. He wins the feelings of audience that'swhy the audience feels pity and fear.His suffering is unusual but he possesses high spirt and he feels it little.For that purpose,he does not commit suicide.There are some reasons which are based on partiality;otherwise he does not deserve suffering:
01. Character is destiny.
02.The role of fate.He is known that he will kill his father and marry his mother but he does not ask about his real parents ,although the beggar hits him that he is not the son of king.
03. He is a light tempered,and in it he does not enquiry about his parents.In such spirit,he kills the king,his real father and his servants He marries the aged lady;so it is the masque of fate.At last,it compels to suffer. Otherwise,he does not deserve any suffering.He saved the country from dragon and did all good things. So man is helpless before the destiny.