Ponyboy’s two brothers have been looking after him since his parent’s demise. In chapter one, Sodapop is described as “always happy-go lucky and grinning.” Whereas, “Me and Darry just didn’t dig each other. I never could please him…He just hollered at me” (Hinton 13). Ponyboy did not understand that Darry just wants to make sure that Pony graduates and pursue the bright future ahead of him – unlike Sodapop. However, Darry’s anger is often misinterpreted for hatred.
Ponyboy is out with his friends and without his brothers, he is free to express himself. During a conversation, with his new friend Cherry Valence, Ponyboy expresses openly and clearly his feelings towards his two brothers and once again underlines how much he loves and admires Sodapop. He actually shows pride when Cherry compares Sodapop’s looks to his. She then asks Ponyboy to describe Darry after noticing that he does not mention his older brother; Ponyboy, seeing that this is an opportunity to express his anger, proceeds to express his resentment towards Darry. “He is not like Sodapop at all and he sure ain’t like me”.
Sometimes, though, he pushes Ponyboy too hard, which Soda constantly has to remind him of “...when Darry hollers at you, he don’t mean nothin’.” (Hinton, 17) Soda is trying to remind Pony that Darry doesn’t mean all of the things he says when he is angry, and that he only yells because he is concerned about how Ponyboy acts. Sometimes, though, Ponyboy is too reckless, and it pushes Darry over the edge. Darry becomes too critical, and it lowers his self-esteem. For example, when Darry scolds Ponyboy for coming inside too late, “I felt hot tears of anger and frustration rising. ‘I said I didn’t mean to!’” (Hinton, 50), Ponyboy feels as though Darry doesn’t love him, and that Darry criticizes him more than he deserves.
If I brought home B 's, he wanted A 's, and if I got A 's, he wanted to make sure they stayed A 's. If I was playing football, I should be in studying, and if I was reading, I should be out playing football. He never hollered at Sodapop--- not even when Soda dropped out of school or got tickets for speeding. He just hollered at me” (P.12) Around Chapter 5, the beginning of Ponyboy’s realization of his brother true feelings are known. The
An example of Ponyboy almost maturing from the influence of Darry and Sodapop, is when their parents were killed in a car crash. When their Parents died it caused them to get closer and look out for eachother more (#3). Darry then decided to step up and “come of age” to try to be a father like figure for Ponyboy. Ponyboy doesn’t seem to think that Darry cares for him because of the way Darry treats Ponyboy so Ponyboy turns to Sodapop more, “Sodapop is different from anybody; he understands everything...almost. Like he 's never hollering at me all the time the way Darry is, treating me like I’m six instead of fourteen,” (#2).
Ponyboy “ said that he was late for supper” “Darry had cooked dinner: baked chicken and potatoes and corn,” Ponyboy said that he loves chicken, then Ponyboy said, “Then we hurried to take a shower and change clothes. Me and Soda and Darry always got spruced up before a rumble. And besides, we wanted to show those socks we weren’t trash, that we were just as good as they were. Then Johnny talks about why everyone fights. Darry fight for pride, Soda fight for fun, Steve fight for hatred, Two-Bit for conformity.
Ponyboy has always thought of their relationship being very close. He says how Soda's the only one that understands him, how he always listened to everything Pony wanted to say to him, therefor he perceived the relationship as a very good one. But one day Pony noticed how Soda’s been acting differently, but he continues on and doesn’t pay much attention, however. His view of the relationship changes when Pony and Darry had a fight about school and Soda ran out of the house. Pony didn’t know what was going on, so Darry explained, “It’s the letter he wrote to Sandy, returned unopened.” (Hinton 174) Here, Pony realizes that their relationship isn't all that good.
Can’t you think of anything.” Textual evidence of why this conflict developed is well displayed in this quote from page 98. It reads as follows,” When he yelled,”Pony, where have you been all this time?” he meant” Pony, you’ve scared me to death. Please be careful, because I couldn’t stand it if anything happened to you.”” ` One reason for this conflict’s significance is its effect on the plot. Without this