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Baba takes Amir for granted. He feels Amir's writing pursuits are "feminine". He criticizes Amir for being small and weak. Although Baba loves Amir, he seldom shows it. Rahim Khan is much more nurturing to Amir. At times, Amir fantasizes that Rahim Khan is actually his father. Rahim Khan understands that Amir craves acceptance, encouragement and positive reinforcement that he lacks from Baba.