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What would be the opposite of a MacGuffin?

A MacGuffin is a plot device that motivates the story's characters, but whose specific nature is unimportant to the overall plot. But is there a term for a plot device that is a primary motivator for ...
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Who or what could be considered a MacGuffin in The Hateful Eight?

In The Hateful Eight, can Daisy Domergue be considered a MacGuffin? The story is about the attempt to save her, but the "story starter" could be Marquis Warren, because the watcher follows him during ...
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Who was McGuffin?

Most storytelling concepts that have names that sound like the name of a person can be traced to an actual person, real or fictitious. (Foley, Mary Sue, etc.) But I've never come across an ...