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 all the love. How is that fair?

So once his old man's safely six feet under, Hindley gets to work exacting a terrible revenge upon Heathcliff for daring to be the object of Mr. Earnshaw's love and affection. He brutalizes the poor guy, treating him as little better than a slave. He deprives Heathcliff of money, an education, an opportunity to be someone in life. Yet Hindley's jealousy is ultimately all to no avail. He sinks even further into a life of drink-fueled dissipation while Heathcliff finally gains control of Wuthering Heights.

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Hindley Earnshaw's hatred for Heathcliff had its roots in the fact that his father, Mr. Earnshaw, favored the boy over himself.  Hindley had been fourteen years old when Mr. Earnshaw first brought Heathcliff, whom he had found starving in a Liverpool slum, home to live at Wuthering Heights.  It was clear from the very beginning that Mr. Earnshaw preferred the young newcomer to his own son, and Hindley reacted with jealousy and a barely suppressed rage.  He took every opportunity to torment Heathcliff, and his hatred for the boy was returned in kind.  In contrast, Heathcliff developed a special closeness to Hindley's sister Catherine, but although their consuming relationship haunted them both throughout their lives, it never came to fruition.  Hindley, with his cruel manipulations, had deprived Heathcliff of any chance he might have had to become an educated man and had forced him to labor as a servant.  Hindley effectively managed to turn Heathcliff into someone it would be a disgrace for his sister Catherine to marry.

Hindley was not strong in character.  He was cruel and vengeful as a child, and at Mr. Earnshaw's death, he became the master of Wuthering Heights, and ruled with a tyrannical hand.  After his wife died, Hindley began drinking heavily, and his personality continued to degenerate.  At his lowest point, his old nemesis Heathcliff achieved his revenge, gambling with the drunken Hindley until he won all his possessions, finally becoming himself the master of Wuthering Heights.

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