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In , a book claiming that plants were sentient beings that feel emotions, prefer classical music to rock and roll, and can respond to the unspoken thoughts of humans hundreds of miles away landed on the New York Times best-seller list for nonfiction. The most memorable passages described the experiments of a former C. To his astonishment, Backster found that simply by imagining the dracaena being set on fire he could make it rouse the needle of the polygraph machine, registering a surge of electrical activity suggesting that the plant felt stress.
This satire was highly entertaining having a congenial main character and making full use of one-side accompanying characters, simplified to the greatest extent to personify a negative trait. In satire or comic novels, these simplified, one trait characters are a positive aspect. Secondly, the entire world depicted in the novel and the events are a caricature.