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Main Idea of Solaris The main idea of the novel Solaris by Stanislaw Lem is commonly thought as a pretty easily distinguishable one It is thought mainly as a study of the question What is human I see it a different way In my opinion the main idea of the novel is life is what you make of it I think that this theme is trumpeted throughout the novel This theme is shown through the actions of the ocean and the individuals on the spacecraft Even the visitors exhibit the choices that make their life what they want it The first example of this theme is the crew of the station that is orbiting Solaris The idea of life is what you make of it exists in the way that they live All three members of the crew prior to Kelvins arrival are treating their visitors in different ways It appears that Snow has chosen the route of drinking to absorb his problems Gibarian combated his problems with the ocean with suicide It appears that Sartorius uses the method of completely diving into working on a theorem of a way to combat the ocean and stop the visitors and complete isolation The method demonstrated by Sartorius seems to be the method that is most effective to solving the problem but least effective in soothing his mood This shows the idea that they control their lives because each of them is being haunted by strange occurrences that they may or may not control they still are in control of their life enough to deal with their problems how they see fit The fact that they all do it differently drives home the idea that they still are making their own life The next example of life is what you make of it is Kelvins life prior to joining the crew on the station The author paints his life as one devoted to his
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