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I’ve pointed this out before and I agree with you that his “rage” is definitely exaggerated.
Levi is being horribly shitty to Eren after he is unable to transform in the well but he is not disciplining him, nor is he lashing out on him. He’s frustrated and expressing it verbally. And it does make Eren feel bad, but that’s not what Levi’s intentions are. He’s just expressing his frustration. And Levi is very quick to change his tune and jump to Eren’s defense when he accidentally transforms and this is a moment that I think is important to Levi’s perception of Eren, and when he starts to understand that Eren doesn’t know what the hell is happening to him and doesn’t know anything about this titan power.
It parallels to chapter 53, though, when Eren is, once again, unable to do what they want him to do. And it shows how their relationship and his perception of Eren has evolved. He’s still being shitty and saying something that makes Eren feel bad for not being able to do what was asked of him, but Levi, this time, makes it a point to say he’s not putting the blame on Eren, and he doesn’t bark orders like “Do it!” He understands Eren just doesn’t know how, or maybe even can’t. He doesn’t lash out on him at all.
As he states in chapter 53, “bitching about our shortcomings is an important ritual.” I actually thought that line was funny, because Levi is basically saying, “I’m upset and I want to bitch about it.” Seems kind of unlike him when you go by first impressions. But the point is, that’s all he was doing. He wasn’t trying to pressure Eren or make him feel bad. He just wanted to vent.