Originally Posted by ti'esar
That didn't stop people from claiming otherwise, if I recall correctly. (And in fairness, Hitchcock's definition of a MacGuffin doesn't really match the modern usage).
Oh? How so? The only definition I'm familiar with is the one Hitchcock used: it's an object that mechanically drives the plot and motivates the characters without actually mattering in and of itself. It could be swapped out for a golden nugget or a coded diary without affecting the plot. (Or, as Hitchcock put it, "the audience don't care.") The Maltese Falcon and the briefcase in Pulp Fiction
are the two classic examples that first come to mind for me. How do people use it now?