Does Caravaggio have any angry feelings for the English Patient, because he believes he is partly responsible for his capture?

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Ashley Kannan eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Certainly, Caravaggio possesses a great deal of anger about his condition.  His capture, the revealing of his identity, and the overall state of his life as a result of the war fills his heart and psyche with anger and resentment.  Yet, while his particular predicament is painful, hearing the condition of the patient is one that is comparatively worse than Caravaggio's.  The futility of war, as well as the futility of human freedom in the face of international military conflict, reveals a level of pain and anguish that exceeds Caravaggio's.  Hearing the plight of Katherine, the Count's attempts to try to save her from the cave, his imprisonment on the count of his name, allows Caravaggio to see his own sense of anger and resentment melt away.  While Caravaggio is angry at his own condition, after hearing the story of the patient, he understands that there was little, if any malice, intended and, rather, both men were completely caught up in a moment in time where the pathetic nature of human beings were on display for all to see.

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