It is interesting that Jim is a narrator who is not one coming-of-age, but rather one looking backward, and as he does so, he often generates suspense in this adventure story written with the intent of exciting its reader. For example, Jim creates intense interest in the reader in Chapter 7 when he narrates,
Sometimes the isle was thick with savages, with whom we fought; sometimes full of dangerous animals that hunted us; but in all my fancies nothing occurred to me so strange and tragic as our actual adventures.
So, with pirates and such morally ambiguous characters such as Long John Silver, when Jim becomes absent as the narrator, suspense is generated since readers become somewhat anxious about what has happened to Jim. Also, Long John Silver gains as a deceptive character since doctor is equally deceived by him. Moreover, the older voice of Dr. Livesey lends a certain maturity to the narrative, making it more believable, especially as he decides in Chapter 16 to watch and wait...
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