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What is the central conflict in the story of Rip van Winkle?

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September 14, 2011 8:49AM

There is no central conflict, other than the mixed virtues and vices of time travel, over the course of his 20 year nap, Rip Missed the war (May have been good) but his wife died in the original(may have quit town in an more softed down version) it is not really a conflict oriented plot.

If you are in an English class your teacher might be looking for an answer along the lines of "The conflict of the story is Rip Van Winkles wife, when he woke up his wife was gone and the conflict was solved."