Tracks: A Woman’s Solo Trek Across 1700 Miles of Australian Outback

by

Robyn Davidson

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Dookie Character Analysis

Dookie is one of Davidson’s young male camels. She acquires him from the ranch that formerly belonged to Kurt. Dookie is described as clownish and affectionate, and Davidson often rides him during the trip. Though he is usually good-natured, his wild behavior during mating season helps Davidson convince his owners that they should not keep bulls. When Dookie injures his shoulder early in the trip, Davidson is forced to spend several weeks in Docker while he heals.
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Dookie Character Timeline in Tracks: A Woman’s Solo Trek Across 1700 Miles of Australian Outback

The timeline below shows where the character Dookie appears in Tracks: A Woman’s Solo Trek Across 1700 Miles of Australian Outback. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 2 
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Over time, Davidson develops a close bond with a young bull camel named Dookie. Because of this, it is especially hard for her to witness Kurt’s occasional cruelty to... (full context)
Chapter 4
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...one of Davidson’s last days at the ranch, a young, normally sweet bull camel named Dookie goes berserk and attacks Davidson, showing how dangerous bull camels can be during mating season.... (full context)
Chapter 7 
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A few days before the next stop, Dookie falls and injures his shoulder. Davidson is unsure how to help him and she, Rick,... (full context)
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Because Dookie does not seem to be improving, Davidson flies back to Alice Springs in a mail... (full context)
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...for all, she will always be “a whitefella tourist on the outside looking in.” When Dookie’s shoulder finally heals, Davidson hopes that one of the older Aboriginal men would be willing... (full context)