It is always nice two have the good guy, the knight on the white horse, kicking ... the damn evil ..... (fill in by whatever character pops up in your mind). Old fairytales and even today's top shows suck if they are missing the good and evil, well at least for the majority of Earths' population. Gosh, we entirely indulge in drama so freaking much, sometimes I wonder whether being nuts actually means being normal.
All would be great only if Wilde would have had created a distinctive antagonist. Sorry, nothing like this is happening in my play or to put it other way it is not that obvious. I will repeat myself (I need to get points >D) and for this reason this comes:
Wilde wholeheartedly opposed, revolted against Victorian high society, ironically he was one of them - already know that, right? Hence, one may deduce that Wilde's main antagonist will be disguised and one will have to dig deeper to see the real nature of the roles. In the Importance of being Earnest, the protagonist is undoubtedly Jack-Ernest, the knight in the polished armour, as the plot unfolds he is forced to face challenges posed by that time social norms as well as some human traits pocessed by his beloved Gwendolen, whose life dream is to marry someone named Ernest.
It is not clear, at least for me, what the primary motivation is. Jack wants to marry Gwendolen, needs to persuade her witchy mother obssessing over the future son-in-law background, then there is Alby escaping his social obligations such as getting married and at the same time "killing" his imaginary relative thanks to whom he could excuse himself from family reunions with his aunt - Gwendolen's mother.
The way I understand this bad/good guy situation, Wilde's characters are the protagonists and the world created by them, the society in which they live, resembles wearing a too tight dress and at the same time to be hardly able to breathe in it. But you still keep it on, because this dress looks so perfectly on you.
For instance Jack, who has to create his alter ego, Ernest, in order to get closer to Gwendolen, believing that this way she would fancy him a way more. Regardless how much it makes his life complicated, he keeps pretending - the cherry comes with the ending, but I won't spoil this immense fun :P