Once Upon A Dirt Road By: nadia trotman, angela oxlaj, Julia WEDEKING

Nature so peaceful and beautiful animals resting and freely roaming. A calmly flowing river is surrounded by animals getting a drink. This calm peaceful world is filled with noise and commotion as a result of lenny and george tramping through the woods. The once resting animals scurry away in fear. Strong grass and beautiful plants are bulldozed with every step taken. The river that was once surrounded by animals was now desert. The calm river was disturbed as lenny plunged his head under water sending waves rippling across the river

When Lennie and George got to the ranch they were greeted by an old man who was tall, dressed in blue jeans and carried a big broom. The old man was the one who was going to show them around the bunkhouse. Upon entering the bunkhouse George was not happy about his bed because there was a yellow can that said “positivity kills lice, roaches and other scourges”. George started to complain to the old man and the man tells them a story about life in the bunkhouse and how the boss is. The boss enters and starts asking lennie and george about their work history, george answers all the questions the boss has for both of them, the boss gets suspicious about why George speaks for Lennie. George lies and says that him and Lennie are cousins so that’s why he is looking out for him. The boss still doesn't believe him and says that he’ll keep an eye on him. A few minutes later the boss’s son, Curley comes in

The atmosphere in chapter one showcased the beauty of nature then shifted in chapter two to the world of man-made structures to symbolize how big of a change or hardship the characters will be facing. When Steinbeck describes nature, he showcases it as being beautiful and simple. Describing water as “warm”( Steinbeck 1) or “twinkling over the yellow sands” (Steinbeck 1). Everything in his descriptions in light and jovial. When the author is set to describe the milieu of chapter two he uses words like “whitewashed” or “unpainted” (Steinbeck 17). The setting is rushed and describes a rough and uncomfortable surrounding. While the characters were happier and slower in nature but when arriving at the barn, Lennie and George are stressed and don’t like themselves. The longer one stays there, the less jovial they became. This symbolizes what is to come to the characters.

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