Can someone tell me about "illusion" in "King Lear"?

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I think in terms of appearance versus reality, there are a number of illusions being used.

First, Lear's two daughters, Regan and Goneril, fool Lear into thinking that they are his most loving and trusted daughters when, in fact, they are going to strip him of his power and belittle him.  

Likewise, Cordelia, with her silence, appears to be insolent and disrespectful.  However, in reality she is his most loving and loyal daughter.

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