An Unbothered Walk by: Jake, Alyson, & Will

Chapter one started with a detailed description of the setting. This made the audience imagine the setting of the lake side to be calm. It describes nature’s behavior of being “untouched” by man. The water is warm with trees arching over it. Lizards run across the warm sand as rabbits come out of the bushes to sit alongside the lake. But this peacefulness is soon disrupted with the approach of man. As described in the book, there were footsteps coming from the direction of the highway. This frightened the animals. “The rabbits hurried noiselessly for cover” as the footsteps became louder and harder. Than as man stepped out from the brush, “the place was lifeless.” With the “touch” of man meeting nature, there is a disturbance in it’s behavior as no life seems to be around them. As man continues to walk over the sand, they have no care for the animals cowering in fear because a new life has approached their home. They only care about surviving. One of the men began to drink the “scummy” water while surrounded by ash piles from past fires to keep them warm. Next to the piles are tree limbs “worn smooth” from people sitting on them. The natural world would always be calm and full of life if it wasn’t for man disturbing.

Paragraph 2: Chapter 2 began with a bunkhouse being described as a long rectangular building with walls that were whitewashed and the floor that was left unpainted. 3 walls had contained small square windows. The fourth wall had a solid door with a wooden latch. Touching the walls were 8 bunks. Five bunks had included blankets and the other 3 had showed their burlap ticking. Apple boxes were nailed over each bunk with the opening forward so that it would appear that there were two shelves for the personal belongings of the resident of the bunk. In the middle of the bunkhouse was a big table full with playing cards. There were also group boxes around it just in case if people living in the bunkhouse wanted to play. Throughout this description, we can tell that George and Lennie were going to arrive where they would expect to be living for the need of a job in the ranch. The result of them arriving there fits in with the description when the old man opens the door in the morning.In the text is said, “The wooden latch raised. The door opened and a tall, stoop-shouldered old man came in.”(Steinbeck pg.18) The end result of Lennie and George being in the bunkhouse leads for them to not want to be there due to the people George speaks to and the impression that Lennie makes.

People cause problems, being alone is peaceful. The difference in these chapters are George and Lennie being alone and being with other people. In the first chapter there are animals by a lake that are calm and are hanging down the trees. There is no disturbance until George and Lennie are introduced. The animals run away, and George and Lennie are alone. George and Lennie can do whatever they want and they won’t be bothered. They plan what they are going to say to the boss and how they are going to talk to the people. George tells Lennie that he’ll do all the talking and Lennie should just stand there. George and Lennie drink water from the lake and can do it for as long as they want because they are not being bothered. George is trying to get Lennie to stop drink the water and says, “Lennie, for God’ sakes don’t drink so much” (Steinbeck 3). This part of the novel George and Lennie can basically do whatever they want and not be bothered. In Chapter two it is not very peaceful. Lennie and George are now at the bunkhouse getting ready for work. They are around people now and there are already some problems going on. The boss and his son are introduced are they are pretty nasty towards George and Lennie. Curley is trying to establish his dominates and is being mean to Lennie. Curley says to him, “Well, nex’ time you answer when you're spoken to” (Steinbeck 26). Curley gets up in Lennie’s face to make sure lennie knows he shouldn't be messed with. This is a completely different scenario than the first chapter. Lennie and George were alone with nobody bothering them, then they get to the bunkhouse and they are being harassed by others. The mood changes pretty quickly between the two chapters. The difference in the two chapters are the people and how they can cause problems and end peace.

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