Know these essential literary terms?
in film, a plot device that has no specific meaning or purpose other than to advance the story; any situation that motivates the action of a film either artificially or substantively; also written MacGuffin
Alfred Hitchcock's term, based on a story where this device was used in a story set on a Scottish train
A plot or movie device that raises a seemingly crucial question in the minds of the audience, but may well be a cunning deception: The writers wanted a MacGuffin which would set up a series of absurd rules for us/ You still haven't told me what the McGuffin is. Why were the government and Mr Dsointerested
[1930s+;firstusedbythedirectorAlfred Hitchcock, and perhaps suggested by McGuffin, ''a gift that is not to be opened until Christmas,'' hence something tantalizing, found by 1925]