After Lear's incident with Cordelia, and he goes to live with Goneril, his relationship with Goneril (and subsequently Regan) immediately begins to go downhill. By the time he leaves Goneril to go to Regan, he is clearly upset with his two supposedly-loving daughters. However, I wonder what exactly he is upset by? Is he just upset because he believed that these were the two daughters who loved him most unconditionally and are proving to not love and respect him as they had claimed? Or is me also upset because he is beginning to realize the mistake he made in his harsh treatment of Cordelia? I would hope that he is beginning to see the error of his ways in terms of Cordelia, but unfortunately, I doubt that is the case. After all, he seems to depend almost entirely on his pride and sense of authority to represent who he is and how great he believes he is. For someone so dependent on their own pride, admitting he was so wrong would be nearly impossible. However, perhaps there is a slim chance he is beginning to question his actions.
I'm just wondering what everyone thinks is going through Lear's mind as he interacts with his daughters more and more as the play progresses.