Darry works hard to keep his family together, and his dreams are to keep his family intact and help his brothers, particularly Ponyboy, do better than he has in life. He exhausts himself putting roofs on houses to support his brothers. As long as his brothers, Ponyboy and Sodapop, stay out of trouble, they are allowed to stay with Darry, and he does what he can to keep them from getting into trouble.
Darry also wants Ponyboy to stay in school and to get good grades. He dreams that Ponyboy can have more education and a better life than he has, as he had to begin working when his parents died. To make sure Ponyboy does well in school, Darry checks his math homework and makes him redo it if it's not correct. He dreams that Ponyboy can have a successful and happy life, the life that their parents would have wanted for all three boys.