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Characterization of Hindley

            In Emily Bronte's Wuthering Heights, Hindley is a representative of Wuthering Heights that is the setting and environment in which he lives. At the beginning of the story, as he approaches the Heights, he states, "Wuthering Heights is the name of Heathcliff's dwelling. Wuthering' being a significant provincial adjective, descriptive of the atmospheric tumult to which its station is exposed in stormy weather- (2). The Heights is the home not only to Heathcliff, but also Hindley. Towards the beginning of the story, Nelly states, "He [Mr. Earnshaw] took to Heathcliff strangely, believing all he said [ ], and putting him up far above Cathy, who was too mischievous and wayward for a favorite- (44). Hindley becomes enraged in that his father, Mr. Earnshaw, places a gypsy above his own children. This aggravates him because Heathcliff is receiving more attention and care than what a person's own child should be getting. His build up anger of Heathcliff leads to him having a stormy' attitude towards many. From the beginning, Hindley hates Heathcliff with a passion and does not give him a chance, which creates not only stormy' tensions inside the house, but also outside. Hindley complements the Height's setting in that he is also stormy' himself. Nelly tells of the situation in which Hindley "gave a sudden spring, delivered himself from the careless grasp that held him [Hareton], and fell- (88). Hindley's drunkenness and stormy' attitude causes him to do a foolish act. He almost drops his own son due to his drinking issues. Hindley's thoughtlessness and stormy' actions enhance the portrayal of the Height's setting. Nelly later states that Hindley, on his return home, "drove him [Heathcliff] from their company to the servants, deprived him of the instructions fo the curate, and insisted that he should labor out of doors instead, compelling him to do so as hard as any other hand on the farm- (53).

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