Why is tom sawyer such a likeable character even though he lies, cheats, and steals?

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Tom Sawyer, of course, is a fictitious character from the book by the same name. He represents the typical American of the time (late 1800's). He uses his wits to outsmart and survive his enemies and eventually get back to the safety of his family.
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