A New Kind of Dreaming is a novel written by Anthony Eaton, about a teenage boy, Jamie Riley, being referred to rural Western Australia where, he meets new friends, enemies and also discovers a shocking secret about the towns head police officer. The pressure to find out the secret puts Jamie in a great deal of trouble, from being frightened by the police, blamed for a fire and vandalism offences and even going missing in the desert. The characters have authority or are defenceless.
Elliot Butcher, the township’s policeman has the most authority in the novel. He uses this control over the whole town and constantly uses for abuse and blackmail. Sgt. Butcher yells at the constable, Officer Robb, and his influence forces Robb to abuse Jamie and put him in the back of the Police Ute. ‘”...Put him in the truck. The Back this time”, Rob didn’t reply’. (Pg. 67) Butcher is brutal to the town’s occupants especially the ‘new kid’ Jamie. In the Ute Butcher uses his power over Jamie to leave him there and to suffer in the heat. ‘The temperature climbed steadily. The rising sun heated the steel of the chassis, and in the cage Jamie cooked.’(pg. 69) Eventually Butcher’s authority over the township gets him in trouble and the township begins to look at him differently.
Lorraine, the district officer for the area of Port Barren is a Powerless character over Sargent Elliot Butcher. Butcher has a secret over her that she does not want shared. She had an affair with a younger man and if anyone found out she would feel ashamed. ‘it would have raised a hell of a stink if anyone’d found out about the affair. Lucky for Lorraine, no one did. Apart from me, that is.’ (pg. 163) Butcher abuses his power over Lorraine to black mail her into stopping sharing what she knows about him. Lorraine knows that Butcher is a murderer and she is afraid. ‘”are you threatening me Lorraine?” “No not at all. It’s just not like the last time. Remember That.” “I’d say you’re the one who needs to do some remembering…” (pg. 70) Lorraine is vulnerable to Butcher, and she is letting him abuse his power and blackmail her into keeping something that should not be kept.
Jamie has authority over Archie, Jamie’s foster parent, but does not abuse his power like Butcher does. Archie took Jamie in, and Jamie found him unlike to the other Foster parents he had in the past. ‘Not this time, though, Jamie thought, as he...