* CompleteMonster: Master Tom Lea. He's mean, callous, quick to anger, frequently drunk, and rapes his slave women without a second thought. The book notes that he gives Kizzy a dime or quarter every time he rapes her; Chicken George notices as a child that the weird jar of coins his mother kept by her bed grew quite full over the years.
* IronWoobie: Almost every single slave in Kunta's line, by blood or by marriage, endures the suffering far beyond what any normal human possibly could.
* ValuesDissonance: Beyond all the obvious ones in a book rife with slavery, the book spends a fair amount of time glorifying cockfighting.