Study Guide

Ryan in Disgrace

By J.M. Coetzee


Ryan, who by all accounts is Melanie's boyfriend, appears to be your stereotypical bad boy, or at least what Coetzee imagines one to be. He dresses head-to-toe in black, has an earring and a goatee, and drives a motorcycle. He often wears a cocky grin on his face that leaves David feeling unsettled. Ryan has no problem getting up in David's face and telling him to leave Melanie alone.