When Creon is castigated by tiresias and asks choragos what is to be done, the leader replies: “Free the damsel from her vault.” Choragos is only saying what we know is the moral thing to do. But Creon goes to first bury the body of polyneices so that he arrives at the tomb too late. Why does creon stop first to bury Polyneices?
Showing a change in ideology, Creon goes to bury Polyneices first because he realizes his tragic flaw and learns from it. Correcting the flaw, Creon buried Polyneices first because he must atone for his previous acts. Creon, at the beginning of the play, believed that civil law is above moral law; however, at the end of the play, Creon learns from his flaw and places the moral law above civil law, burying Polyneices. If Creon went to antigone first he would be showing atonement toward her, but he must show atonement to the gods, thus he buried Polyneices first.