What is the effect of repetition of the phrase “We can never [or cannot] be satisfied”?

(A) To encourage his listeners to violent protest

(B) To call all Americans to “sit down together at the table of brotherhood”

(C) To emphasize that we must all work together for equality

(D) ** To emphasize that there are many examples of injustice


Concept note-1: -Consider these commonly repeated words: freedom (20 times) we (30 times), our (17 times), you (8 times) nation (10 times), america (5 times), american (4 times)

Concept note-2: -This repetition makes his audience realize how important it is to Dr. King for people to act immediately. The strongest way Martin Luther King Jr. uses anaphora is by repeating the title of the speech: “I have a dream.” Through this repetition he is able to portray what he envisions as a racially equal America.

Concept note-3: -He kicks off the speech with a metaphor, describing the Emancipation Proclamation as a “light of hope to millions of Negro slaves” (2.2). He continues in the same sentence by describing slavery as “[searing] in the flames of withering injustice” (2.2). The end of slavery was a “joyous daybreak” (2.2).

Concept note-4: -Martin Luther King, Jr. used the phrase “Five score years ago…” in his “I Have a Dream” speech. This is a reference to President Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address, which originally began with “Four score and seven years ago…” As you can see, King’s phrasing is a subtle reference, hence an allusion!