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Why does the devil go by the name John Milton?

You pretty much hit it on the head. Paradise Lost's author is indeed the inspiration for Pacino's character. But this is taken from the source material, the novel by Andrew Neiderman. The allusion is ...
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Why does the devil go by the name John Milton?

It's clear that the allusion is to the 17th century poet and author of Paradise Lost. However, you say: But the poem hardly portrays the devil in a positive light and the real John Milton himself ...
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Why did John Milton bother the guy in the subway train?

John tells Kevin that he doesn't like to micromanage. He "finds the talent", and then he "delegates". What he's saying is that he finds people who could easily commit a horrible sin, and then he ...
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What does "He sets the rules in opposition" mean?

"Sets the rules in opposition" means that the rules that God set on humans are in the opposite of human nature, which was also given to humans by God. So God gave us the instinct and ability to kill ...
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Was the Devil's Advocate showing multiple attempts to corrupt Kevin?

The ending of the film makes it clear that Kevin's "dream" was in fact an alternate reality where John Milton (aka Satan) tried to tempt Kevin with wealth and power and failed to do so. Kevin's "death"...
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Why doesn't Kevin recognize the news reporter as the devil?

Because Kevin is vain As the reporter turning into John Milton says in his last words - "Vanity, definitely my favorite sin". Kevin didn't learn his lesson well - all that he got from his &...
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Are the supernatural events real, illusions or a state of a character's mind at the time?

The simplest answer, supported by TvTropes is that... all was just a dream (probably....). From the moment Kevin is in the courthouse deciding to continue defending the pedophile to the moment he ...
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