Shakespeare's tragedy, Othello, is arguably one of Shakespeare's best known plays. It's appeal is as universal as the human miasma that ensues within its pages. The tale of a tragic hero, doomed by his own self-doubt and surrounded by disingenuous friends, is timeless. The elements that make a tragedy assume this classification are evident in the play. For example, death. Death follows almost all of the lead characters in this play. From Desdemona to Othello, nearly all meet horrific ends. There is the play of dark and light (quite literally in this play), as well as a moral lesson that is shown to the audience.