To what extent do you think Oedipus deserved what happened to him, and does he deserve our sympathy? It is debatable as to whether Oedipus deserved what happened to him at the end of the play, some would argue that Oedipus did deserve his fate by the end; however, in my opinion Oedipus did not deserve what happened to him because he was doing his Job as king and trying to save his people from the plague. Firstly, Oedipus deserved what happened to him at the end of the play because, while It may appear to be a good quality for a leader. e asked too many questions; ven when there were warning signs for him to stop his investigation for Laius’ murderer, Oedipus persisted and eventually caused his own downfall. This shows that Oedipus deserved what happened to him because if he had asked fewer questions, he would not have discovered the truth, and he would not have had the same fate.
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However, in my opinion, the fact that he asked so many questions showed that Oedipus did not deserve the fate he received.
This is because Oedipus only asked so many questions In order to discover the source of the plague and end It. Therefore, Oedipus’ questions present him as a good leader, which did not deserve a bad fate, as he was doing his job as king and trying to save his people from the plague. Although Oedipus was showing a good quality as a leader, his actions had disastrous consequences, showing that he deserves the audience’s sympathy, as he was punished for no reason.
Another reason showing that Oedipus did not deserve the fate he received at the end of the play is that he was always trying to avoid his fate, yet could not. For example, once Oedipus discovered that he was destined to kill his father and marry his other, he ran away from his home to try and avoid this fate. However, Oedipus had no hope in avoiding his fate because running away actually led to him killing his father and marrying his mother.
Therefore, Oedipus did not deserve the fate he received as he tried as hard as he could to avoid It, but he was unsuccessful. Then again, Oedipus arguably deserved his own fate, as he could not “let sleeping dogs lie”, as Jocasta told him to. Whenever a piece of information unraveled itself, Oedipus chose to investigate further; however, if he could follow Jocasta’s advice, he would ave not received the same fate. Therefore, Oedipus may have deserved his fate, as he was too Ignorant to listen toJocasta and end his Investigation.
Finally, Oedipus did not deserve the fate he received at the end of the play because he all the actions he took, good or bad led to his eventual disastrous fate: therefore, Oedipus was helpless in changing his fate, and he was destined to have the same fate no matter what he did. This is evident as because, although what he was doing was a good deed for the Theban people, it had disastrous effects on Oedipus, howing that even good actions led to Oedipus’ eventual fate.
However, once again It fate was to kill his father and marry his mother, but it was Oedipus’ actions that led to him being blinded and exiled, for he could not give up his investigation. To conclude, whilst some may argue that Oedipus deserved his fate at the end of the play; in my opinion, Oedipus did not deserve this fate because he was helpless in preventing his inevitable fate. This is evident because whatever Oedipus did, good or bad, would have a disastrous effect.