What does "no good deed goes unpunished" mean?


The idiom "No good deed goes unpunished" implies that, if a person attempts to do a good deed, negative consequences are the result. The phrase emphasizes the unfairness of life.

In the hit musical, "Wicked," the Wicked Witch of the West, Elphaba, sings a song entitled, "No Good Deed," repeating the line "No good deed goes unpunished" several times. The man she loves sacrificed himself to save her, so Elphaba casts a spell to prevent his death. During the song, she laments that fact that every time she tries to do the right thing, disaster strikes. Distraught, the witch chooses at this point to finally become "wicked."

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