Cover of the published book.
It's a short story by Edgar Allan Poe, first published in the November 1846 issue of Godey's Lady's Book. ... As in "The Black Cat" and "The Tell-Tale Heart", Poe conveys the story from the murderer's perspective.
It takes place in the cellar of a house party
The thousand injuries of Fortunato I had borne as I best could, but
when he ventured upon insult, I vowed revenge. You, who so well know
the nature of my soul, will not suppose, however, that I gave utterance
to a threat. _At length_ I would be avenged; this was a point definitely
settled--but the very definitiveness with which it was resolved,
precluded the idea of risk. I must not only punish, but punish with
impunity. A wrong is unredressed when retribution overtakes its
redresser. It is equally unredressed when the avenger fails to make
himself felt as such to him who has done the wrong.
The class should read this book because it is a story that shows you the side of the murderer. How he plans it how he takes the step to take for the killing.
It takes place after a small story involving a drunk obsessed with wine and a murder that know how to kill. It's a dark story but it would be a good read