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Colonial aggression in Kenya could be said to start at the very moment when organization or take-over of space and territory for purposes of European settlement. The colonial invasion of territory in addition to constituting military conquest, implies that the empty and adverse indigenous territory is unproductive and it must be seized and tamed for the human settlement. The hegemonic structure which validates colonial domination is in contrast with the subdued conflict of the native community, which later was to grow into violent resistance to dominance and marginalization. In Weep Not, Child A telling instance could be found specifically in the relationship between Mr. Howlands, the white settler and Ngotho, his servant. The relationship illustrates contesting images of land and engraves a dialectic of view into the landscape between master and servant that prefigures violence. Both of them have participated in the in the First World War and share a violent past. The hostility that underscores the connection between the two and their conflicting attitude towards the landscape and natural resources in it has been summed up in the description given in the initial part of the novel. “Both men admired this shamba. For Ngotho felt responsible for whatever happened to this land. He owed it to the dead, the living and the unborn of his line, to keep guard over this shamba. Mr. Howlands always felt a certain amount of victory whenever he worked through it all. He alone was responsible for taming this unoccupied wildness. ( Weep Not, Child. P,31)

The hegemonic urge that is integral in the course of colonial invasion of land could be seen in representing the land as “unoccupied wildness” or as Mr. Howlands conceives it as “big trace of wild country” (30). In colonial imagination, the land focused on for the purpose of control is reproduced as an empty territory that needs regulation for , as John Noyes states, ordering “the chaos of the savage land or the empty space of ‘virgin nature'” (136). Noyes elaborates on how the notion of empty territory functions as a constructive ideology of expansionism and as decisive factor in the progression of imperial annexation: “. . . it enhances the romantic longing which seeks to transpose primary narcissim onto a landscape in which, for the sake of phantasy, it cannot afford to encounter a human being who is radically other, and it expresses a real inability of the European eye to look at the world and see anything other than Europeans space-a space which is by definition empty where it is not inhabited by Europeans.” (196)

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