Oliver was born to Robert Queen, the founder and CEO of Queen Consolidated,and business woman, Moira Queen in Star City. They treated as their friend andseems like they didn’t interfere with Oliver business but rather focusing onthe company.
This may be the reason why when Oliver was in his late teens toearly twenties he was acting out. He got in trouble with the police, he wentout a clubbing and was very sexually active. When he started dating one of hisbest friends, Laurel Lance but when she had told him that she wanted to move inwith him he got scared and slept with a woman by the named of Samantha Claytonwho he later had a child with, and with Laurel’s sister, Sara. The primary agent of socialization during the early parts of his was hisparents who had taught him language and how he should behave with others.Oliver was clearly a very outspoken person who didn’t exactly care aboutmanners or what other people thought which may either be because his parentshad not teacher him or the peers he hanged out with had influenced thisbehaviour.One day on a trip with his father on his yacht with Sara. During astorm, the yacht turned over causing Sara to slip in to the water.
Oliver wasbrought on to a lifeboat with his father but due to the lack of provisions,Oliver’s father killed the other crew member and himself but not before tellingOliver that he had done something wrong and it was Oliver’s duty to right it.Once he was able to reach an island he seemed to experience symptoms ofdepression with his sudden onset of fatigue and sullen nature. He met a man by the name of Yao Fei who seemedlike he was going to help Oliver get off the island, but he introduced him to agroup Fyers who tortured Oliver finding out what he knew about the island onlyto find out he didn’t but once he figure it out they kept him captive. Thebetrayal of the man may be one of the underlying cause to why when including thetorture and alienation during his time with the Fyers. After escaping the Fyershe met a man called Slade who he became friends with and learned some of hisfighting skills from. They joined together with Yao Fei to save Yao Fei’sdaughter, Shado. Oliver soon became close with Shado and opened to her.
Shegifted him the hood which soon became a symbol for the things he stood for. Hisinteractions with the people on the island who were both against him and withhim, Oliver learned responsibility responsible and loyalty by sacrificing bothof his chance to get off the island to help. He also started to like killingbecause it took mind off the pain he felt from losing his father and Sara. Thenhe finds out Sara is alive and in situation with the Fyers he sacrificed Shadofor Sara who ended up “dying” before Oliver’s time on the island was over. During Oliver’s time on the island he wasunintentionally resocialized to become killer who couldn’t show his emotions aswell which is clearly evident when he gets of the island.
He was able to keepsome of hisDuring his time on the island, his friends Slade, Yao Fei, Shado he wasin had taught him to become more responsible with their fighting practices. Hispersonality changed dramatically from a boy who didn’t exactly know what he wasdoing to a person who had a purpose and treated people with the respect that hethought they deserve such as his behaviorwith Slade who soon became a close friend.Once he did get off the island and returned home he was distant with hisfamily and friends. It was clearly shown that Oliver was resocialized to becomeunremorseful and distrusting. He tried to hide this personality change bykeeping up with his former playboy persona, but many people saw right throughsuch as his sister. He couldn’t open to his family especially, his littlesister on what had happened to him on the island and kept what he was going todo protect his family and friends. He tried to fix his relationship with Laurelbut his guilt over her sister’s death always came back causing him to pushLaurel away from him.
He started to become more protective of his sister Theawho had started acting out after Oliver went missing. During the first few dayshe was back, he was kidnapped along with his best friend Tommy. He killed hiscaptive without so much of a thought which shows that Oliver had grownaccustomed to killing. When he had come back to the city he also came back witha plan; to make sure every corrupt businessman to right their wrongs. He became”the Hood”. Eventually due to suspicions, he let in his body guard, John Diggleand tech, Felicity Jones.
He started taking on other criminals which soonfilled Oliver with pride after the fact that he had a much bigger purpose whichwas to fight against injustices. Slowly as the Arrow he becomes less inclinedto kill and became humanized. He eventually became ardent that he should neverkill or torture again when Tommy died. Oliver felt that his death was his fault,so he became reclusive once more and went back to the island.
After Diggle andFelicity persuaded him to return to Star City to start crime fighting again, hecame back with the purpose that he should never kill again. Oliver started gettingclose to Felicity, but since he was afraid of hurting her like he did to Laureland Shado, he was extremely hesitant to pursue a relationship with her.Eventually they formed a very close relationship. He began to try an trustpeople and let them in on what had happened and is happening in his life. Histeam and his sister were the one who gained all ot of the trust and Oliverbegan to see as the vigilantes they were.
Oliver started to feel as though he isn’t able to balance hisrelationship with Felcity as well as being “the hood”