Oedipus thought that by gouging his eyes out, he can punish himself for the crimes that he has done. Personally, I don't think that he had to go into any extremes such as eye gouging. Maybe he done it just to be symbolic. He wanted to be blind to the fact that he have done all of these crimes. He chose to remain exiled so that his people could deserve more that what he has given them. The character Oedipus is literally a definition of a theory by Sigmund Frued. It states: in psychoanalytic theory, a desire for sexual involvement with the parent of the opposite sex and a concomitant sense of rivalry with the parent of the same sex; a crucial stage in the normal developmental process. http://www.britannica.com/eb/article-9056792
Hearing this and thinking that some people are actually a product to this theory. Do you think it will take that much punishment or any at all to free themselves from this stigma? Do you think this should be connected to Oedipus given the fact that he didn't mean to do all of these things? Let me know!