shape as his past lover, Rheya. Rheya, serves as a conduit for Solaris, as she is the means in which the Solaris imitates experience. The muteness that surrounds Kris on the ship is isolating. It forces him into deep convulsions of introspection that slowly break down his notion of scientific controllability in several ways. The first way is that of Rheya. The simulacra; in essence, is perfect science. Her re-creation is what the scientific method strives for; perfect replication in order to get the same results. Science is built upon this foundation. If the results are not met, discourse ensues, making it a self-correcting field. The first reanimations of Rheya play out with similar ends that Kris experienced years prior to boarding the ship, that being, Rheya’s death and his detachment. However, overtime her reanimation creates a change within Kris altering the perfect science of her replication and showing the faulty paradigms used to understand
Laura Laufer the planet. The second way his paradigm is changed is through the unconscious realm of dreams. In his final dream, he is literally broken down into a “formless substance… [to] emerge from the void… recreated” (179). His re-creation serves as an ending to his scientific persona. His re-creation is based on subjectivity and feelings rather than objectivity and progress. In a way, the destruction of his ontology indicates that Kris has come to terms with the fact that the projections of Rheya were in fact a projection pulled from his subconscious. Rheya doesn’t exist, as seen time and time again. Her existence is called into question when he examines her blood only to find that upon closest inspection it doesn’t exist (100). Her and Kris’s past is vague and unclear throughout the entirety of the story, their past is unexplained and their future is enmeshed within his excavated out form, her disappearance was the only thing that was real about him and, “since she had gone, that was all that remained” (204). The epistemology that Kris was searching for became a question of his ontology, and in searching for knowledge, he became something that never fully existed.
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