“…- here, here! - it is the beating of his hideous heart!”
In “The Tell-Tale Heart,” Edgar Allen Poe uses alliteration to create in the readers a vibrant image of the insanity of the narrator. After spending but a few minutes speaking with officers, the narrator begins to feel uneasy and wildly looks about the room as the beating of the heart, fabricated in his mind subconsciously due to guilt, continues to grow louder and louder. As the ‘heart continues to beat,’ the narrator is consumed with guilt and is driven to madness and lunacy. He fixates on the idea that the police officers were giving him a false façade, with “hypocritical smiles” to boot. He cannot bear this mockery any longer and he explodes in a rage of anger and confession, “here, here! - …his hideous heart!” (from “The Tell-Tale Heart” 285). The alliteration of ‘h’ emphasizes this revelation and is a perfect end to this peculiar tale. The readers immediately feel a sense of justice that will be done to the narrator as well as realize the insanity of the narrator. It was guilt that drove him to confess and thus Poe teaches the readers that justice will prevail sooner or later.