Past and Within "Much loved" The principal message of Toni Morrison, in her book Beloved, is that the past shouldn't be an impediment for this. Slavery can be an establishment that dominates the past of America, and symbolizes the horror from which the modern country wishes to go up above. But this cannot be achieved through the willful ignorance of the past. The horrors of days gone by must be recognized before we are able to lay those to relax. However, it is a blunder too to dwell..