In The Devil's Advocate (1997) Al Pacino plays a character who goes by the alias John Milton, who is eventually revealed to be the devil. Why does he go by this alias? Is there any symbolism meant by this name?
The only connection I can think of is in the real John Milton who is a famous author and poet. The real John Milton is known for his epic poem Paradise Lost which is a retelling of the story of Adam and Eve getting thrown out of the Garden of Eden, a story in which the devil plays a big part. But the poem hardly portrays the devil in a positive light and the real John Milton himself was a religious person and believed in Christian theology.
Is there any kind of explanation given for the choosing of this name?