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Describe the theme of "love is difficult" in "A Midsummer Night's Dream."   Describe the theme of "love is difficult" in "A Midsummer Night's Dream."  

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Perhaps the most famous line from A Midsummer Night's Dream is "the course of true love never did run smooth," which is spoken by Lysander to Hermia. This play, with its exploration of many varieties of love, shows a number of ways in which love can be difficult.

Possibly the most "difficult" love is that of Helena for Demetrius—he once loved her, but he has now fallen in love with Hermia. Helena tells him that Hermia and Lysander are running away, and she follows Demetrius as he follows Hermia into the forest. She tells him she is willing to put up with any abuse, even physical, just to be near him. Helena is in the difficult position of unrequited love and makes unhealthy...

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