Comparative Analysis

            Novels and storybooks comprise a reflection of human character and individuals in the society. They are a mirror through which the audience is able to infer lessons which promote their sustainability in life. Similarly, films are a reflection of a particular viewpoint in the society. Conversely, the film Into the Wild and the novel Tracks offer insight on an element of human life. They explore the human setting and collectively conclude that we should all try to escape society. Principally, based on the premises set forth by the film and the novel, it is our inherent responsibility to isolate ourselves from those who are around us.

            To begin, the theme of isolation comprises a pervasive element in both the novel and the film. Isolation refers to the distancing of oneself from their communities or peers. In In to the Wild the main character, Christopher, commits himself to a journey through the isolated wild (Penn 2007). He renounces his previous affiliations and sets out into the wild with nothing but a journal on existence in the wild. In the journal, he views himself as a heroic loner. His commitment to the wild is predicated on the feelings of freedom that were triggered upon his access into the wild. Equally, the novel Tracks captures the story of Robyn Davidson who leaves the comfort of her town in the pursuit of camels in the wild (Davidson 12). She commits herself to a journey through the desert. Makes her way into a new town and immediately commits to overcoming the challenges posed by sexism in her quest to acquire the camels. Her preparedness for the perilous journey ahead is only marked with her attire.  Through these journeys, the characters hope to convey that one should put their interests above those of the society. Against the wills of those around them, the two characters commit to a journey that will see them lose some of the contacts that they had with their families. Thus, regardless of the impositions borne from one’s decision to isolate themselves, Into the Wild and Tracks infer that such an initiative is necessary in one’s life.

            Similarly, both the novel and the film reinforce the notion that one’s self- discovery is dependent on their ability to isolate themselves from their societies. In embarking on her journey, Robyn decries the expectations that the society has imposed on her. Her journey is predicated on the belief that women do not have to conform to the pre-established social notions in her community (Davidson 1995, p.32). Her journey is a cry for self-discovery which she is able to infer within the desert of Australia. The journey provides her with an opportunity to see things differently and identify herself in the differences that she is exposed to. Likewise, Chris’ journey is a cry against the impositions of the society. In his father, he is exposed to the expectations that the society has on him. In leaving for Alaska, he sought to establish his own identity against the impositions of the society that he thrived in (Penn, 2007). He did not wish to live like his predecessors and thus sought to define his interests in solitude and isolation. Principally, the two protagonists reinforce the idea that the journey for self-discovery can only be achieved by the individual themselves. One will be able to become who they truly are if they are exposed to an environment that allows them to grow without external influences and thus the idea that the society corrupts the individual.

            The two protagonists in the film and the story are inclined to the belief that self-discovery cannot be achieved in the company of their individuals in the society. Thus, it is the duty of the individual to overcome their limitations by severing the ties that they had with their families and relatives. Robyn’s connection with the environment around her starts in earnest when she is beyond human contact. At the point of self-discovery, the “net” appears which facilitates her self-discovery (Davidson 1995, p.17). Alternatively, Chris’ true journey in life begins when he finds his way into nature. Whereas he had felt obligated to partake in some of the activities that were engaged by his community, he finds himself free of these shackles in the wild (Penn 2007). He is no longer compelled to affect a behavioral inclination that will satisfy his family. Essentially, the film and the novel inspire the assertion that self-discovery can only be achieved if and when one is willing to act alone.

            Conclusively, the film Into the Wild and the novel Tracks comprise reflections of the essence of solitude and isolation in human life. The protagonists in the story reinforce the notion that one has a duty to escape their society in order to discover themselves. To achieve their goals of self-discovery, both the protagonists leave the comfort of their hometowns for thrill of the unknown. The choice of desert and Alaska provide a reflection of the distance that the protagonists hoped to achieve in their quest for self-discovery. The novel and the film are inclined to the belief that the individual cannot be fully formed in their settings.


Davidson, R. (1995). Tracks. New York: Vintage

Penn, S. (Prod.). (2007). Into the Wild. USA: Paramount Vantage.

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