In what ways is this a classic story of wish fulfillment?
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As a story of wish fulfillment, the story of Rip van Winkle is most certainly a classic. Unhappy with his circumstances, his wife, and constant badgering, Rip is freed from it all by a mere twenty years of sleep. When he finally wakes up, the nation has won its war for independence, his wife is dead and gone...... no longer around to badger him, and his age allows him to be idle, all while indulging in his storytelling. His dreams have come true.
RIP VAN WINKLE