Chapter One the setting is a remote area close to to the hillside, warm water runs into a pool surrounding over top yellow sand. "The water is warm too, for it has slipped twinkling over the yellow sands," (Steinbeck pg 1). The water is next to tall glistening trees on one side, and on the other tall rocky Gabilan mountains stand. Lizards and rabbits run freely close to the water and into the trees. There is a path separating peacefulness from the man beaten highway where there are human footprints. Close to the water there is a pile of ashes and a log worn by men who has visited.
Chapter 2 The setting was mainly on a ranch. The ranch consisted of a bunkhouse. The bunkhouse that George and Lennie stay in was a long building that was rectangular. Inside the building all the walls were whitewashed and the floor didn’t have any paint on it. Inside the building it would be able to hold a lot of people, it had eight bunks. “Near one wall there was a black cast iron stove, its stovepipe going straight up through the ceiling.”(Steinbeck 17). This bunkhouse is basically where the whole chapter takes place and it seems like it is a house because they have a little stove that they can cook on and they have beds and shelves where they can put their belongings on. Also when George, Lennie, Curley, Curley's wife, Candy, And Slim were all bored this was this big table in the middle of the bunkhouse that they could play cards on with grouped boxes for everyone to sit on
In “Of Mice and Men” the milieu of the story shifts greatly because of how the tone of the story goes from peaceful and calm to boisterous and hostile. The milieu of the story changes from serenity to hostility because of how there is only Lennie and George are in the first chapter. The two are talking and having a conversation about how the two are going to the ranch and at the lake it is extremely peaceful. Like when Lennie “flung himself down and drank from the surface of the green pool”(Steinbeck, 3) the sense of how this lake’s surface is green shows how natural and untouched it is by man. But in chapter two the milieu changes when George and Lennie are confronted by Curly which almost threatens Lennie for absolutely no reason. You can see this when Curly tells Lennie to “answer when you’re spoke to.”(Steinbeck, 26) in a very hostile tone which shows that he does not like how Lennie. This shows how different the two chapters are in the sense of the social mood Steinbeck sets for us.