There’s not a single character in "Benjamin Button" who doesn’t, at least for some amount of time, make Benjamin’s life even harder than it is in the first place. His father is embarrassed by him and makes him pretend to be a baby. His wife yells at him for aging that is beyond his control. His son refuses to acknowledge him as a father. While some of these characters – Benjamin’s father in particular – are eventually won over, it doesn’t take away from their initial antagonism.