We have changed our privacy policy. In addition, we use cookies on our website for various purposes. By continuing on our website, you consent to our use of cookies. You can learn about our practices by reading our privacy policy.
© 2016 Shmoop University, Inc. All rights reserved.
Moll Flanders

Moll Flanders

  

by Daniel Defoe

Analysis: Steaminess Rating

Exactly how steamy is this story?

R

This is a book about a prostitute; there's no getting around that. The main character's name, Moll, is even slang (from the 1600s, of course) for "prostitute." (For more on that check out "Tools of Characterization: Names.") There's no way, then, that the book wouldn't come with lots of sex, lewd scenes, and details about intimate relations. True, the book's not especially graphic – certainly not by today's standards. That keeps it from hitting the NC-17 level. But there's plenty of intimacy in and out of matrimony, unfortunate examples of accidental incest, and lots of instances of words like "whore" and "cuckold." Intrigued? You can read even more about this in the sections on "Theme: Sex." Just keep it away from the kiddos.

People who Shmooped this also Shmooped...

Advertisement