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He honours Eteocles for defending the city, but leaves Polynices out to be eaten by dogs.
However, as part of his family, it is Antigone’s right and obligation to bury both of her brothers, and she does so.
He finds that he is too late, however, and rather tragically, Antigone has hung herself, Haemon falls on his sword before Creon’s eyes and the body of Creon’s wife is found shortly after, leaving Creon a broken man.
Creon’s tragedy is his dilemma over how he deals with his headstrong niece, Antigone.