Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë

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Why did Hindley Earnshaw hate Heathcliff in Wuthering Heights?

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Hindley is insanely jealous of Heathcliff. He resents the fact that his father treats this dark, brooding creature, this "imp of Satan," like he's the Prodigal Son. Hindley has some major hang-ups; he's tortured by self-loathing and personal inadequacy which he tries to drown in alcohol. Hindley never received much in the way of love from his father, but then he's never been particularly lovable in any case. Still, the notable lack of paternal love Hindley receives from his father stands in stark contrast to how his old man treats Heathcliff. Hindley is his father's son, yet Heathcliff gets...

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Not only does Hindley have and inferiority complex he is also very jealous towards Heathcliff. The inferiority complex would that he thinks he is better than Heathcliff because he is from a well off family, he is not an orphan, and he does not look like a gypsy. Since Hindley's father invest so much time and love into Heathcliff just like he is own natural born son it really makes Hindley mad and jealous that his father is showing so much attention to someone like Heathcliff. There's a point in the book where Mr. Earnshaw says he trust Heathcliff a lot because he tells no lies and Hindley is envious at this unlimited amount of trust Mr. Earnshaw beholds Heathcliff with.

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