While there is no downright sex in Lord of the Flies, we would like to draw your attention to a highly disturbing scene in Chapter Eight when the boys kill a female pig. The sexual violence of the scene and the repetition of “right up her ass” lead many to believe this slaughter is depicted as a rape. Since the only females on the island are female pigs, we don’t have to face the horrors of what might have happened had little girls been stuck on the island, too. But Golding does make us wonder.
Aside from the horrible and grotesque stuff, we give the book a PG for extensive nudity and bathroom scenes.