Shakespeare, Plutarch, Brutus
Modern critics of Shakespeare's Julius Caesar frequently challenge the view that Brutus was in fact "the noblest Roman of them all,' but only rarely do they completely repudiate Brutus' characterization as a patriotic idealist. They are of course aware of ironic and ambiguous elements in the tragedy, but they fail to take the step that would seem obvious: to note how Shakespeare undercut Brutus' noble image by carefully manipulating materials from the principal source for the play, Sir Thomas North's English translation of Plutarch's Lives.
"Shakespeare's and Plutarch's Brutus: Shakespeare's Dramatic Strategy to Undercut the Noble Image,"
Quidditas: Vol. 3
, Article 15.
Available at: https://scholarsarchive.byu.edu/rmmra/vol3/iss1/15