Is there a literary device for when the main theme of a work is articulated by characters etc?

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e.g. If the main theme is a turning/change or improvement of character…

 

“You know. the moment you turned or whatever you call it”

from, Tim Winton’s The Turning

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Yes, there can be and in this particular example, it would be connotation as the turning/improvement of a character connotes to the theme of the story. So, the theme of turning is a connotation.