Why did Ponyboy have a hard time with his oldest brother?
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Ponyboy has a hard time with his older brother because he is unable to see the new responsibilities Darry shoulders, as the head of the family. Darry cannot somply be the older brother, he is mother and father, as well. Darry is doing his best to hold what's left of the family together. Ponyboy doesn't understand and resents the change.