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A Midsummer Night's Dream

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The Course of True Love

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Ay me, for aught that I could ever read,
Could ever hear by tale or history,
The course of true love never did run smooth... (1.1.132)

What is the purpose of Lysander's lines above?

A

Shakespeare is trying to show irony by having Lysander compare love and history.

B

Shakespeare is introducing one of the themes of the play: that love isn't easy and is usually fraught with obstacles.

C

Shakespeare is introducing the main theme of the play: that love isn't easy, nor is it worth the struggle.

D

Shakespeare is trying to show irony by having the great lover of the play complain about the difficulty of love.

E

Shakespeare is trying to show the fickle and inconstant nature of Lysander's character by having him complain about the difficulty of love.