08.29.2014 § Leave a comment
- an object whose inherent nature is irrelevant, and which
- functions as a place-holding constant driving goal of the plot.
However, as a Chekhov’s thing, it must both:
- eventually have the effect of its inherent nature executed on, and
- besides the two moments of first its initial mentioning and then its ultimate use, be otherwise left unaddressed.
So on both aspect 1 and aspect 2, MacGuffins and Chekhov’s things are exactly opposites.
Also, I just like how it sounds, since “MacGuffin” has the same phonetic ‘guh’ sound as “gun”. Plus the juxtaposition of Chekhov being such a Russian name and MacGuffin being such a Scottish name is amusing, too.