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.