MacGuffin

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Calvin was trying to figure out what a MacGuffin is and is the ring in Lord of the Rings a MacGuffin. It turns out that his definition wasn’t quite right, its a term from Alfred Hitchcock that refers to something that gets you into the plot but actually has nothing to do with the real story.
MacGuffin – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

A MacGuffin (sometimes McGuffin or Maguffin) is a plot device that motivates the characters and advances the story, but has little other relevance to the story

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