* HoYay: Between Balram and Ashok.
* WhatDoYouMeanItsNotSymbolic: Quite a few. The Black Fort, Balram's obsession with chandeliers, the whiskey bottles...
* TheWoobie: Balram's dad. He's been poor and miserable his entire life, is abused by the women in his family and puts all of his efforts into making sure Balram receives the education he needs to have a good life, only to die painfully on the floor of a government hospital of tuberculosis.