Rip Van Winkle fits the description of model American hero in many ways. First of all he doesn't conform to the mainstream guidelines of society. He operates at his own pace and is uninterested in any criticism thrown his way. He also is a nature lover and a deep thinker. Like many Americans, he yearns to get away from his problems and his stressful home life. He makes this escape to the mountains, the only place he can find solace, where he can relax, contemplate his situation and seek peace.
When Rip awakes, he sees all his dreams and wishes have come true. His wife is no longer around to henpeck him and his children are grown up, and get along with him.
Rip's journey is one every person can identify with. At times, we all would like to go to bed at night and when we make up have our problems disappear. That's Rip's adventure and that is one why one could consider him the model American hero.