I think what they were going for is what a lot of people feel like before forgiving people who hurt them.
Steven King is a good example. His father was kind of abusive and abandoned the family by saying he was going shopping and never coming home, right around the time that young King saw a real dead body (the basis of Stand By Me) and was so traumatized he blocked out the entire month from his memory and acted like he was in a waking coma for it. He found out later that his dad was only one town over where King had visited a lot as a teen, and that the old man had just started a new family without a thought for his old one.
In a LOT of King’s work as a result is the two. Male authority figures are weak and pathetic or super abusive, and almost always die horrible and fitting deaths for it. Kids are traumatized but overcome it and triumph over their shitty fathers. King also struggled with not falling into his father’s mistakes, not becoming an alcoholic and forcing himself to stay around when it got tough. Never hitting his kid.
King reconnected with his dad fairly late in life, and you see an immediate change in his work where dads can overcome their shit and abuse patterns are broken.
The vast majority of people Steven has known have been abusive towards him. The difference is when he hits them back for the first time like a sixteen year old boy giving his old man or childhood bully a black eye instead of the other way around, its like Superman who just discovered his strength hitting Pa Kent or Jimmy.