Reflection

The most significant idea within the text “Travelling” by Grace Paley is the concept of being a stranger. As an immigrant, Paley will always be a stranger in America, but it is this feeling of alienation that allows her to see what natives cannot. The segregation between the blacks and white during that time is viewed as normal by both sides as seen in the “silence” that shakes both Paley and her sister in the account of the trip down south. This silence represents the bubble in which the people around Paley are in, and only by standing outside can one see the problems that plague society. It is the distance between her and her peers that prompts Paley to act against the prejudice because, in a way, she has nothing to lose in doing so.

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