Jealousy is a major theme in Heracles' life, just like in pretty much every story featuring Hera. From even before Heracles is born, Hera is out to get him because she's jealous of Zeus' constant affairs. Hera's jealousy causes her to try and kill Heracles before he is born, to rob him of his birthright, and to put snakes in his cradle. (Yeah, that's pretty jealous.) Throughout Heracles' life, Hera's jealousy will be the biggest obstacle that the great hero will have to face. In a way though, heroes are nothing without obstacles to conquer.