Read the passage i must close now. but before closing i am impelled to mention one other point in your statement that troubled me profoundly. you warmly commended the birmingham police force for keeping “order” and “preventing violence.” i don’t believe you would have so warmly commended the police force if you had seen its angry violent dogs literally biting six unarmed, nonviolent negroes. i don’t believe you would so quickly commend the policemen if you would observe their ugly and inhuman treatment of negroes here in the city jail; if you would watch them push and curse old negro women and young negro girls; if you would see them slap and kick old negro men and young negro boys; if you will observe them, as they did on two occasions, refuse to give us food because we wanted to sing our grace together. i’m sorry that i can’t join you in your praise for the police department. which statement identifies the main idea in this excerpt from “letter from birmingham city jail” by martin luther king, jr.? you warmly commended the birmingham police force for keeping “order” and “preventing violence.” if you will observe them, as they did on two occasions, refuse to give us food because we wanted to sing our grace together. i am impelled to mention one other point in your statement that troubled me profoundly. i’m sorry that i can’t join you in your praise for the police department.
D) I’m sorry that I can’t join you in your praise for the police department.
Explanation: In the given passage from “Letter from Birmingham City Jail” by Martin Luther King, Jr, we can see that he expresses his disagreement with the praise for the police department to "keep order" and "prevent violence" because of the inhuman treatment that black people received from them. The statement that best identifies the main idea of the excerpt is I’m sorry that I can’t join you in your praise for the police department, because it summarizes the disagreement and disaproval.
In his "letter from the Birmingham City Prison", dr. King uses the phrase "I do not believe". . . twice. He is using the rhetorical device called the "Diacope".
Diacope is the repetition of a word or a set of words, however, the repetitions have a characteristic that serves to give emphasis.
In this text, King uses this phrase twice, in similar instances and with similar sentences. The literary device that he is using is parallelism. Parallelism occurs when an author employs components that are grammatically similar, or the same in construction, sound, meaning and meter. These are found in literary works in order to give more balance and rhythm to the text, and thus, make it more persuasive.
Parallelism is when there is a series of sentences, phrases or words that have a similar grammatical structure. Parallelism is used for emphasis and can be helpful for comparing and contrasting ideas. In this case, The sentences beginning "I don't believe.." have the same grammatical structure and emphasize the behaviors of the police.
The rhetorical device he is using is PALILLOGY.
Palillogy is the repetition of a phrase or word.
Repetition is a rhetorical device used to help an author or speaker make one specific phrase or word stand out to the reader or listener. Because the phrase is repeated, the audience remembers it better and that becomes a strong focus of the piece.