Why Did Asuka Caress Shinji In The End Of Evangelion (1997) ?

Asuka caressed Shinji: Asuka caressed Shinji’s face as a symbol of acceptance – acceptance for herself and Shinji. Throughout the movie, Asuka’s hatred towards Shinji symbolized her hatred for herself. By caressing Shinji’s face, she accepted him and hence herself. If Shinji was choking Asuka as a way of confirming that rejection and denial still existed, Asuka stroking Shinji meant that acceptance still existed in a world where people and their hearts were separate and not melted into one.