Of Mice and Milieu's Allayna, Brandon, amos

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“The water is warm too, for it has slipped twinkling over the yellow sands in the sunlight before reaching the narrow pool. On one side of the river the golden foothill slopes curve up to the strong and rocky Gabilan Mountains, but on the valley side the water is lined with trees-willow fresh and green with every spring, carrying in their lower leaf junctures the debris of the winter’s flooding; and sycamores with mottled, white, recumbent limbs and branches that arch over the pool.” Steinbeck explains the water as being a green pool. He explains the river as being that because he wanted to emphasize the water being a sign of new life.

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The second Chapter starts in an old bunk house on the ranch. The bunkhouse Lennie and George were in was a long rectangular building. Inside the bunkhouse the walls were whitewashed and the floor was unpainted. There were four walls in the bunkhouse, three of them had square windows and the fourth had a large door with a wooden latch. Along the walls there was eight bunks and five of them had blankets on them. Over each of the bunks was a box and shelves where the bunk user could store his belongings. On one of the walls there was a small black iron stove that heated the bunkhouse. In the middle of the bunkhouse there was a table where people ate food and played cards on.

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The two settings in the book so far are the river and the bunkhouse in California. Both of these settings are key to the story. The river gave them what they needed when they stopped but the bunkhouse gave them everything that they needed. The river was warm and it was very long and it was lined with trees. The bunkhouse was a long building that had a bunch of bunks in each room. George and Lennie wanted to leave but they knew that they couldn't and apparently it wasn't what they were expecting. Both places are very different because they go from a nature setting that is really nice and has trees and water to a building that isn't the warmest place. The river showing nature and how beautiful it is and the bunkhouse shows how humans and make nature ugly by putting ugly looking houses and making the a dirty instead of how nature naturally is without human intervention like how to river is.

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