The question is: Did Oedipus deserve his punishments.

An enraged Oedipus unknowingly slays his father (Laiusq, King of Thebes) and supplants him as monarch and as husband to his own mother (Queen Jocasta).

In the beginning he is a mighty king, ruler of the city of Thebes.

Prior to the opening of the story Oedipus begins the first stage, known as the quest....

Oedipus saved the city once before and became a hero.

Before Oedipus is born, his parents receive an uncanny prophecy, which states that their child would grow up and kill his father and have children with his mother.

She, as well as Oedipus, suffers many tragedies throughout the story.

In his essay “Sophoclean Tragedy” Friedrich Nietzsche agrees that there is an “error” within the protagonist, but refrains from specifying exactly what it is: The most pathetic figure of the Greek theatre, the unfortunate Oedipus, Sophocles takes to be a noble man called to error and alienation in spite of his wisdom, yet called too, in the end, through monstrous suffering, to radiate a magic power rich in a blessing which works even after he passes on....


Born of the King and Queen of Thebes he is of true nobility....

By the end of the play, the truth had not only prompted Oedipus to forgive Creon, clearing his name of any previous accusations, but the truth had also made Creon Oedipus's successor....

We’ve been reading Oedipus the King written by Sophocles.

Sophocles purposely creates within his readers this sense of emotional confusion and self-awareness through his use of both disquietude and pleasure. When he grows up, unknowing of his adoption, he discovers his doomed fate from an Oracle. Seeking to escape it, he flees from Colonus. Once upon the road, Oedipus discovers his path blocked by a man, whom he perceives to be a robber. He kills this man, who turns out to be his father, and unknowingly fulfills the first part of the prophecy. Soon, he comes to Thebes, which is being terrorize...

The protagonist, Oedipus is a heroic mythical king who had it all.

It is Oedipus's actions that set the events into motion, but it is ultimately his fate, and his attempted aversion to it, that brings about his downfall....

He pleads with Oedipus to help relieve their sufferings.

Many could argue that Jocasta is responsible for the downfall that Oedipus encounters due to an unsuccessful attempt to have Oedipus murdered as an infant.

Oedipus' pride is an essential characteristic throughout the play....

You all know that story, the story of Oedipus, the man doomed to kill his father and marry his mother, his life a twisted strand in the ball of the Fates.

It was Oedipus’s fate that the shepherd didn't kill him.

The play includes three main prophecies: the one made to Laius concerning his death by the hands of his son, a similar one directed to Oedipus, and one made by Tiresias foretelling OedipusÕ discovery of the murdererÕs identity.