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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 fairly simple. It's thematic in that Milton, the character, holds that everything Man knows about Satan is a lie. That history has been told by the wrong ...


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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 was a religious person and believed in Christian theology. But, to the contrary — this is a misapprehension. The devil is widely seen as a sympathetic ...


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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 guides them on the path to sinning. While John is telling Kevin this, he's staring right at the man with the box-cutter. The reason is that he sees his next "person ...


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"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 but told us not to kill. He made us as beings that crave lots of food but told us to not be gluttonous and only eat small amounts. The rules set by God are ...


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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" simply sent him back to his own reality at the point where it diverged ninto the film's primary narrative. At the end of the film, Kevin is again being ...


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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 commits suicide. In the last scene, you can see him waking up in the courthouse bathroom and deciding to drop the case. This explains all the supernatural events ...


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