These are what we call the 'YMMV items.' Things that some people find in this work. We call them 'your mileage might vary' because not everyone sees these things in the same way. This starts discussions in the trope lists, a thing we don't want. Please use the discussion page if you'd like to discuss any of these items.
Jerkass Woobie: Sam is a cowardly, jerkish, irresponsible and angry person who blames people for his mistakes and makes life harder for almost everyone he meets. But He's been so beaten down by life and his problems and struggling so hard to keep himself together for so long its hard not to feel bad for Him.
Tear Jerker: Pretty much the entire story. An ambitious man with a loving family sees his wife and children disown him, his dreams fall apart and can't escape the feeling that he is being thread upon by an uncaring Government that's so wretched with corruption that it needs to be taken down completely. Even sadder is that it's based on a true story and Sam definitely isn't the only person to feel like this.