What is the significance of Hindley Earnshaw in Wuthering Heights?

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Hindley tries to dehumanise Heathcliffe. In the novel 'Wuthering Heights ' by Emily Bronte, it is not difficult for Hindley Earnshaw to dehumanhise Heathcliffe even further than he already is as a homeless destitute street urchin. In front of his father this is difficult, but Hindley takes every secret, covert opportunity he can as a child to get to him. He goads and torments him when he thinks the father isn't looking. Later, when Hindley is master of the house, the sadistic attacks become even easier as Heathcliffe becomes dependent on Hindley for a home, and for contact with Cathy.However, ever watchful and observant, Heathcliffe has noticed Hindley's Achilles Heel - and he waits his chance with terrifying patience. As Hindley begins to descend into the weakness and vulnerabilty of a dissolute life, Heathcliffe is watching in the wings and comes back to finish the job. He encourages Hindley to descend further into a vicious circle of debt - and then takes everything. The whole Cathy however,eludes him.

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