What are Darry's dreams like in the novel The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton?

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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.

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Darry is the oldest of the Curtis brothers and has the responsibility of providing and taking care of Ponyboy and Sodapop. Similar to Ponyboy, Darry is athletic and intelligent. When Darry's parents died, he was forced to give up a scholarship to play football in college in order to work two jobs. Since Darry works two jobs, he rarely has time to relax and hang out with his friends. Judging from the way he gets on Ponyboy about his grades and life decisions, Darry seems to be under a lot of stress.

If I were to examine Darry's dreams, I would imagine he dreams that his parents would not have died. The reader also knows that Darry dreams about playing college football and earning a post-secondary education. Darry probably dreams about not fighting with Ponyboy or having so many responsibilities. Darry also probably dreams about not working two jobs and getting to hang out with friends his age.

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