Technically, Pitty Sing caused the accident that led to the family’s death. But the actual cause was somewhat different from the wretched cat. Its owner took the pet on the trip, which was dangerous and undesirable, which Bailey, the grandmother’s son, mentioned.
Of course, according to the facts, as told by Flannery O’Connor, the author of A Good Man Is Hard to Find, the cat jumped out of the grandmother’s basket. The animal distracted the driver, her son, by leaping onto his neck. The man could not drive properly under the circumstances, which led to the crash. However, can the reader possibly accuse the poor little pet?
The most dangerous criminal in the story was not the cat nor even Misfit! The real criminal was the grandmother, who did not care about anyone and anything but herself. She wanted to go to a place no one else was interested in, and she gave the wrong directions. Bailey had to leave a safe road and risk his family’s life without even knowing it. The old lady took the cat, although she was asked to leave it home. Moreover, the woman could not keep her pet quiet and make sure that it would not cause any harm to anyone. Therefore, it is possible to put two questions and provide quite definite answers.
Who causes the accident in the short story? – The grandmother.
What causes the accident in “A Good Man Is Hard to Find” – The grandmother’s selfishness.