In chapter one, the setting is depicted as a beautiful and tranquil forest area which has been untouched by humans, but was twisted into a tattered and uglier place when they were introduced. The scene is so peaceful and quiet that when a lizard runs across dry leaves, it “makes a great skittering if he runs among them.” (Steinbeck, 1) However, when man is introduced to the scene, the description is twisted into an uglier forest scene. The trails which sat untouched and rested beautifully were morphed into a trail that was trampled so many times it was “beaten hard by boys coming down from the ranches to swim in the deep pool”. (Steinbeck, 2) The animals who were once slow and relaxed now labor away from the humans. Their world is one of worn items and destroyed tranquility. The tattered ness of the forest after humans arrive is a metaphor for our tendency to take nature and industrialize it, making it worn.
“The bunkhouse was a long, rectangular building”, (Steinbeck, 17) and inside the lice filled mattresses line the whitewashed walls, with the card table in the center surrounded by boxes for seats. The wooden door squeaked as the latch moved as workers come in and fro from work. Above each bunk there’s a shelf for everyone’s personal belongings including combs, brushes, etc. The near back wall displays a lack cast iron stove, the other walls were lined with dusty windows that the morning shine went through. It’s an environment that Lennie and George will have to adapt to as they work.
The settings in Chapter 1 and 2 drastically changes by the way that he describes everything around George and Lennie. In the first chapter, he describes them interacting with nature and how everything seemed softer and more delicate. The characters introduced have some kind of warmth and more descriptive. In the second chapter, the author displays how the farm is darker and more ominous. There is a difference between characters and how their personalities are stronger. The characters are less descriptive and are more described through actions.