Transcendent Kingdom


Yaa Gyasi

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Ryan Green Character Analysis

Ryan Green is a schoolmate of Nana’s and attends the same church as Gifty and her family. He has wormed his way into the position of P.T.’s protégé, despite being the biggest drug dealer in the high school. Even though Gifty doesn’t realize that at the time, she notices and is bothered by the contrast between his overtly enthusiastic religious performance when others are watching and his meanspirited behavior towards her in private. Ryan is a foil for Nana, who was only accepted in his community as long as he demonstrated his athletic brilliance. In contrast, Ryan is wholly accepted by the church despite his flaws.
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Ryan Green Character Timeline in Transcendent Kingdom

The timeline below shows where the character Ryan Green appears in Transcendent Kingdom. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 30
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P.T.’s protégé was a kid named Ryan Green , whom Gifty didn’t like even though she didn’t yet know that he was the... (full context)
Chapter 31
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...rebirth was important in her church, and as a child, Gifty believed in its power. Ryan Green said hello to Nana as he entered the church, asking him when he would be... (full context)