Meg Glawe Summary of The Broken Chain The Broken Chain by M.F.K. Fisher is a clear description of how violence can affect a person throughout their life and how they deal with it. In the beginning of the story she sounds as if disciplinary violence was just how life is and did not think much of it. She did not know any different and when she did something wrong she feel she deserved it. But as time went on she realized that this discipline should not happen no matter what she had done to upset him. The last time she was spanked her parents felt bad that they had to spank her but yet still felt it was a necessary to commit this punishment. The children were upset that they were given spankings as punishment and held it against their parents even as adults. They felt there was no reason for that kind of violence and even said if it were to happen again they would do to him worse then he had ever done to him. This violence was a chain effect from what the father had lived through as a child himself he knew no other way of communicating his disappointment in what the kids did wrong. This was the chain that was needed to be broken and after many years it was finally clear to her that the discipline was just a chain that was yet to be broken.