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

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Robyn Davidson

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

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Chaos vs. Order

Throughout Robyn Davidson’s story of her trek across the Australian desert, she grapples with the idea of chaos and its role in her journey. At first, Davidson views chaos as a frightening threat—an indication that she is losing control over herself and her story. However, as her journey continues, Davidson begins to see that her fixation on structure and organization is a function of societal conditioning. Through her time in the desert, she learns…

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Individuality and Interconnection

Robyn Davidson’s decision to undertake a solo journey across the desert seems at first to provide a dramatic example of individualism. However, as she plans and undertakes her trip, she quickly discovers that her trek is not as isolated from others as she initially expected. This tension between individualism and interconnection forms one of Davidson’s core struggles throughout the book, as she wonders about the value (or lack thereof) of acting alone and reflects…

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Femininity and Society

From the start of her trip, Robyn Davidson’s identity as a woman functions as both an obstacle and an asset. Within society, including Alice Springs and some of the towns she visits during the trek, being a woman leaves her vulnerable to threats that men do not face. However, during her time alone in the desert, Davidson realizes that this weakness is not an inherent quality of her or any other woman; rather, it…

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Racial Tension and Oppression

The complex relationship between white Australians and Aboriginal Australians (often called black) is a constant concern for Robyn Davidson throughout her trip. She begins her story feeling abstractly concerned about Aboriginal rights, but without a clear idea of how she fits into this tension. As her journey progresses, however, she becomes intimately familiar with Aboriginal communities and begins to see the depth of their oppression under white Australians. Furthermore, Davidson finds that the Aboriginal people…

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