The setting in chapter one displays a magical place with hillside banks, warm water, foothill slopes that curve up to the rocky mountains. This beautiful setting distracts them from their realities. Lennie and George wanted to work on a ranch but was occupied with something that made heaven look generic.
The setting in chapter two shifts from to something that was man made that was different than the setting in chapter one. They had to adapt to a new living style which was completely new for them. “‘ What the hell’s this?’...’kills lice, roaches and other scourges.’” Steinback, 18. The new living space was dusty with old mattresses. When George asks this it shows that it’s different than this magical environment.
A significant shift took place in the milieu of the story as you read the beginning chapters. Chapter one began with a beautiful view of nature describing all of little perfect things. This remarkable place showed how amazing a lifeless site is. As the characters George and Lennie walk through the forest into this graceful location, everything begins to darken and which gives a great transition into the second chapter. Chapter 2 exhibits the drawbacks of manmade structures and the destruction of nature. Everything is described as being dull and dusty with a old cabin and hay mattresses which is a major shift in setting. These two chapters foil each other as if they are complete opposites, contrasting the differences within each other.