As ashamed as I am to make a pop culture reference on the Humanities blog, I cannot help but think of Quentin Tarantino's newest movie, Django Unchained, when I read Beloved. Nothing about the excessive gun fire or dramatic close-ups of Jamie Fox seem to relate, but the depiction of Candyland, the notorious plantation where much of the movie takes place, reminds me of Sweet Home. Both of the names are blatantly ironic, considering each is a place of such brutal abuse and tremendous horror. Upon reading the description of the trees at Sweet Home, I immediately thought about the trees in Candyland. Just like how Sethe cannot think of Sweet Home without remembering the beautiful trees, I remember being taken a back by how shockingly beautiful the images of the plantation were. Now I picture Sweet Home the same way I do Candlyland. Ironically and undeservingly beautiful.
Here are a couple stills that do a poor job of depicting how beautiful the Candyland plantation is. Hopefully most of you have seen the movie and will understand what I'm talking about.